What is rose water?

Rose water is made by steeping rose petals in water to infuse it with their aroma. It is traditionally used in Indian, Persian and Middle Eastern cookery, its floral character making it a popular flavour in desserts, cakes and jams.

Where to buy rose water

Nielsen-Massey Rose Water £4.15/60ml, Waitrose

Steenbergs Organic Rose Water, £5.98/100ml, Amazon

Rose water recipes

Rhubarb and rose gin fizz

We’ve given a classic ramos gin fizz an update, swapping the usual orange blossom water for rose water and adding a touch of homemade rhubarb syrup to give it a blush of pink. It’s delicate in flavour and creamy enough to replace dessert, and is bound to impress.

Valentines Cocktail For Gin Fizz With Rhubarb Syrup

Ras el hanout and buttermilk sweet loaf cake with rose icing

Ras el hanout is a spice blend that packs an earthy punch, it works unbelievably well in this easy loaf recipe – and the rose icing complements the spiciness beautifully.

Buttermilk Loaf Cake Recipe with Ras El Hanout and Rose Icing


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