Rose-Scented Water

Rose petals add pleasant floral notes as well as a beautiful look to plain water.

Rose-Scented Water in small glasses
Photo: Marty Baldwin
Prep Time:
15 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
6 6-ounce servings


  • 1 ½ cup rose petals from an untreated/unsprayed rose (not from the florist; those are treated and not edible)

  • 40 ounce bottled or filtered water (5 cups)

  • ½ teaspoon rose water*

  • Sugar, Simple Syrup, or no-calorie sweetener (optional)

  • Ice cubes

  • Rose petals (optional)

  • Lemon slices (optional)


  1. Rinse the rose petals. In a 2-quart pitcher, combine the 1 1/2 cups rose petals and water. Cover and chill for 2 to 8 hours.

  2. Strain to remove rose petals; discard petals. Add rose water. If desired, add a little sugar, Simple Syrup, or sweetener. Serve over ice with additional fresh rose petals and/or lemon slices, if desired.


Rose water may easily be found at Mediterranean food stores and is inexpensive.

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