Rose Cordial


This rose cordial is simple, but it really captures the complexity and beauty of a summer rose! Sip a small amount as an after dinner treat, or add a splash of Rose Cordial to fruit, ice cream or cheesecake. During the winter, rose cordial reminds me of my summer gardens – a true delight!


  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups fresh or dried roses (petals only)
  • 2 cups brandy
  • 2 ounces rose hydrosol

You will need:

  • Pan
  • Spoon
  • Pint canning jar
  • Measuring cups
  • Strainer
  • Glass jars for storage
  • Labels



  1. Fill a pint jar (1 pint=2 cups) with tightly packed fresh or dried rose petals.
  2. Pour brandy over the top, seal and let steep for 1 month.
  3. Strain and set aside.
  4. In a pan, boil water and pour in sugar.
  5. Turn off heat and stir until completely dissolved.
  6. Once cool, add 1 cup of the rose infused brandy and the rose hydrosol.
  7. Pour into beautiful bottles, label and enjoy!

© Elaine Sheff, Clinical Herbalist 2016

ElaineAbout the Author:
The author of several books on herbal medicine and healing, clinical herbalist Elaine Sheff has been passionate about sharing herbal knowledge for over 25 years. Her latest book is Naked: Botanical Recipes for Vibrant Skin and Healthy Hair. Elaine is the Co-Director of Green Path Herb School, located in Missoula, MT, where she strives to inspire and empower students and clients to remember their connection to the earth, the plants and their own healing process. As a certified Instructor of the Natural Family Planning and Fertility Awareness Methods, Elaine has helped many couples to avoid or achieve pregnancy naturally. An artist and writer, Elaine has written numerous articles about her family’s journey with epilepsy and a special needs child. You can often find her bent over an herb in her garden or marveling at small flowers in mountain meadows with her husband and sons.

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2 Comments on “Rose Cordial

    • Cat, any type of brandy will do. Nothing fancy is necessary. Let us know how it turns out!

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