Makes about 2 quarts
This cordial can be made with wild rose hips, fresh or dried.
- 1 pound fresh rose hips, or 1/2 pound dried
- 3 cups granulated white sugar
- 6 cups water
If using dried rose hips, soak in the 6 cups water overnight. Boil them in their rose hip-soaked water for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and steep for 2 hours. Strain and discard the hips.
If using fresh rose hips, wash the rose hips and roughly chop in a food processor; then place in 6 cups of water and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and steep for 2 hours. Let rose hips strain through cheesecloth over a large bowl for a of a couple of hours, then squeeze to get all the essence. Place strained liquid into new, double-layered cheesecloth one more time to ensure all the little hairs from the hips have been caught.
Pour rose liquid into a saucepan and add sugar. Warm to dissolve. Bottle when cool. It will keep for up to 3 months in the refrigerator.
Rose hip syrup can be served as part of a cocktail recipe or poured over pancakes, waffles, or ice cream.
Rose Hip Cocktail
- 3 ounces white rum
- 3 ounces rose hip cordial
- 1 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
Pour all ingredients over ice and stir. Garnish with fresh rose petals.