Rose Water Homemade - Substitute

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 40 mins

The first recipe I found that called for rose water was from a Shaker cookbook. It was used as a substitute for vanilla as the recipe called for either or.


  1. Put 3 large handfuls of petals into the clean pot.
  2. Pour the water over the rose petals.
  3. Cover the pot.
  4. Place it over low heat and let it simmer until half the water is left.
  5. Let it cool.
  6. Discard the petals and pour the liquid (rosewater) into the sterile bottle.
  7. Cap tightly and store in fridge.
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My daughter and I had been wanting to try some of the cosmetic rose water recipes on Zaar. I decided to use my Valentine's roses to make the rose water ourselves. Fun project! Thanks for posting!

Marg (CaymanDesigns) February 22, 2010

WOW!!! I am speechless!! I always use rose water for my gulab jamun syrups etc. but then I just found out that it contains 5.0% alcohol! well since we do not consume alcohol I had to immediately cross it off my list. You can't imagine how upset I was. But thanks so much for posting this recipe! I'll deffo be making it!

Nisa March 14, 2007

Thank you for posting this! I've seen soooo many tasty-sounding recipes calling for rose water, and I couldn't figure out where to buy it. Well, now I don't have to. Thanks again!

CookingTimeForMe March 13, 2007