And today you lucky darlings I'm gonna tell you how to make an easy 1, 2, 3 rose cordial. All made with LOVE of course.
Yes, nice and simple:
What you will need are a bunch or fragrant roses, be it red or lavender they must be fragrant or your cordial will fall flat. The magic is in the aromatic rose, because first you will smell your cordial. A good, no better - a GREAT cordial caresses all the senses. Plus you want non-sprayed, organic roses. You're about to eat these flowers, you do not want any chemicals on, in, near your roses or you - for that matter.
[ It is possible to use a lot of sugar or honey to preserve this cordial, but I'm only gonna talk about an alcohol based cordial, sweet and simple. (comment or email me if you want to discuss non alcoholic versions). ]
What you will need:
1) a bunch of Roses
2) a lot of Honey
3) a bottle of brandy
See, easy as 1, 2, 3!
Pluck the roses at the peak of their fragrance. Some roses love to express their scent during morning hours, like lavender roses. Other roses, like red roses like a mid day sun. Pick the roses during the optimal fragrant hour, for the most optimal fragrant cordial. Gather the rose tops and lay out a clean cloth on your kitchen table and lay the roses face down, let them sit for a while. This let's the critters free and dehydrates the roses a bit, releasing the excess water. Now you don't want a dried out rose, you still want a fresh and fragrant rose.
After a while, you pluck each petal off (no stems or stamen) and place it into a wide mouth canning jar. Yes, only the petals. Cover the petals with honey leaving about an inch above the petals.
Now you need patience. Leave the honey and petals for a good long while at least a month. Shake the canning jar every once in a while to make sure your roses are submerged and why not add some loving thoughts into your rose infused honey, while you're at it. What happens is the honey absorbs the fragrance of the roses and the honey candies the roses.
After the long while has passed I pour brandy onto the honey rose mixture. How much brandy depends on how alcoholic/sweet I want the cordial. Honey will preserve the roses but adding brandy will preserve the roses and honey longer. Because after a while the honey will start to crystallize changing the flavor and texture of the rose honey. By adding an alcohol, like brandy you turn your infused rose honey into an alcoholic cordial.
This cordial is sure to open your heart, lift your mood and transform your day for the better. Enjoy in a cordial glass with your loved ones.