How To Make Rose Wine

Rose WineMaking your own rose wine can be a hoot. It takes a while, but like making beer, especially if you like to experiment with the recipe like I do, you never know quite what you're going to end up with.

The nice thing about rose and dandelion wines, as well as other seasonal wines and liqueurs, is that they distill a season. In winter, when you're shivering your way to the mailbox, you can think about the summer wine you finessed out of those long, sunny days. After you come in from the cold, it will warm you up in more ways than one.

If you have the time to spend, between pinching pennies and taking the kids to their recreational commitments, growing and processing your own foods can make for some very happy memories and a few good laughs, too. You may not be up to canning your own chow-chow, but a little wine is easy to brew and always goes down well. If it isn't a complete success, at least it will probably be drinkable, and there's always next year to try another batch.

Rose Petal Wine

*16 Cups Rose petals (rinsed thoroughly)
1 Gallon Water
3 Orange rinds, chopped
3 ½ Pounds Sugar
5 Cloves
5 Pepper corns
1 package yeast
2 Cups Orange juice

Combine petals, orange rinds and sugar in a large pot.

Boil water in a separate container and pour over petal mixture.

Bring to a simmer for 30 minutes.

Cool to room temperature.

Add prepared yeast (Follow directions for rehydrating yeast, which may recommend dissolving in warm, not hot, water.)

Add orange juice and spices.

Cover and set aside for three weeks to a month in a dark place to ferment. (This will get fragrant.)

Strain and decant into sterilized jars. Let wine season for three months or so before serving.

*If you want to accumulate 16 cups of rose petals, try harvesting petals a little at a time and freezing them until you have enough for a batch. This is a great summer project. You can have a batch ready to serve for Christmas and New Years.

Special Note: Never use roses that have been treated with pesticides.

This recipe uses no sulfites or special equipment.


  1. you know, you make a good point that things can be gathered and frozen for later use. sometimes i just don't have the time to go to all my family and friends different yards in order to harvest something like this recipes 16 cups of petals. or other recipes which seem to have a big harvest needed for them. i think you have opened a new world for me! sometimes i can't see the forest for the trees, and i think gathering as convenient, and freezing until there is enough of something to do something like this lovely rose wine is brilliant! thank you for the nice post and recipe and for inspiring me! hugs :)

  2. Thank you so much!!!

    If I couldn't do things like make wreaths and dry them in fall, freeze basil in ice cubes or accumulate what I need by freezing it until I have enough, I'd have a humble harvest every year.

    I hope you make lots and lots of great herb based recipes and have enough to share.




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