Summer rose cordial recipe

Makes 1 litre

Make a delicious fragrant rose cordial that’s perfect for summer. This floral syrup can be used as a cordial, in a cocktail or to flavour puddings. What’s more, you can make it using blooms grown at home!

If you’re using roses from the garden, choose freshly opened flowers. Note that the stronger the fragrance of the rose, the more flavoursome the cordial will be. If you want a deeper-coloured cordial, then choose dark pink or red roses. If you don’t have roses in your garden, purchase organic roses that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides.

Make the cordial a couple of days before if you’re planning on enjoying it at a garden party or picnic. You’ll need to let the mixture infuse for 24 hours to reap the best flavours.

Once you’ve made your rose cordial, you can keep it in the fridge for up to two months. Perfect for keeping glasses charged all summer long! For a little fizz, we love to serve this drink with sparkling water and plenty of ice. It’ll be your go-to refreshing summer tipple.

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  • Petals from 3 large, unsprayed roses
  • 550ml water
  • 550ml golden caster sugar
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice


  1. Gently rinse the rose petals.
  2. In a pan, bring the water to the boil and add in the sugar. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Turn the heat down to low and stir in the rose petals. Leave on the lowest heat for five minutes.
  4. Pour the mixture into a large Tupperware container or bowl, adding in the lemon zest and juice. Cover with a tea towel and refrigerate once it reaches room temperature. Allow the mixture to infuse for 24 hours.
  5. The following day, strain the mixture into a one-litre sterilised bottle. Store in the fridge for up to two months.
  6. Enjoy with plenty of ice and sparkling water for a refreshing summer tipple.