Rose Iced Tea

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Edible dried rose buds and black tea are used to flavor this brisk and refreshing iced tea. Made with 5 ingredients, rose iced tea is a perfectly sweet and refreshing drink.

Rose iced tea in a cup with a black straw.

Rose Iced Tea

Edible dried rose buds and a brisk black tea are the main ingredients in this refreshing rose iced tea.

To make the best tasting iced tea, avoid brewing the tea for too long or using the wrong temperature, both of which can make it bitter.

You can use any black tea for this recipe, like English Breakfast tea, which is a blend of black teas.

Tea and dried rose buds or petals are steeped together in hot water, then sweetened and cooled down.

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Recipe Highlights

  • Rose iced tea is a cold drink made with black tea, dried rose buds, sugar, water, and ice.
  • Black tea and rose buds are steeped in hot water then cooled down.
  • This recipe makes 16 ounces (2 cups) but can easily be increased to fill a pitcher.
  • The rose buds are split in half so their flavor can fully infuse into the tea.

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Ingredient Notes

Rose Iced Tea ingredients measured in cups and labeled on a table.
  • Black tea
    Any black tea can work for this drink, like English Breakfast tea. Use tea bags or tea sachets to make cleaning up easy.
  • Dried rose buds
    Use only food-grade rose buds or petals.
  • Sugar
    White sugar is used in this recipe, but any sweetener of your choice works.
  • Water
    To make the best tasting iced tea, use filtered water.
  • Ice
    Use filtered water to make ice if possible.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Steps to make Rose Iced Tea.

For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to see the recipe.

  1. Put tea bags, dried rose buds, and hot water into a teapot.
    Boil water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting. For best results, make tea ahead of time and chill in the refrigerator.
  2. Cover and steep.
  3. Remove tea bag and strain rose buds. Stir in sugar. Cool down tea in the refrigerator.
  4. Pour tea into a cup with ice.

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Recipe Notes

Use only food-safe dried rose buds.
The dried rose buds and petals at flower shops are full of pesticides and not meant for eating. Be sure to purchase edible, food-safe petals or buds when making tea.

Steep the tea properly.
Use the correct temperature and don’t oversteep the tea. The longer you brew it, the more astringent and bitter black tea gets.

Use tea bags, tea sachets, or loose tea.
Tea bags or sachets make for quick and easy cleanup but you can also use loose tea. Use 1 ½ teaspoons of black loose tea instead of 1 tea bag.

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Rose Iced Tea in clear glass.

Expert Tips

  • Rose syrup can be used in place of the rose buds and sugar in the recipe.
  • Instead of sugar, sweeten the tea with syrups like hibiscus and strawberry for additional flavor.
  • Fresh fruit like cut strawberries make for pretty garnishes when serving this tea at a baby shower to bridal party.
  • Make a creamy, decadent drink by adding rose cold foam on top.
  • Use remaining dried rose buds to make rose syrup or rose bubble tea.

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Questions You May Have

What does rose iced tea taste like?

Rose iced tea is a subtly floral and lightly sweet drink. Brewing the black tea for just a few minutes keeps the tea flavor balanced and not too bitter.

Does rose iced tea make you sleepy?

While rose is known for having a calming effect, this recipe contains black tea, which is caffeinated, so it’s unlikely to make you sleepy.

How long does this iced tea last?

Rose iced tea can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Rose Iced Tea in clear glass.

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Rose Iced Tea

Author: Jee Choe
Made with 5 ingredients, this rose iced tea is perfectly sweet and refreshing. Get step-by-step instructions for brewing the perfect glass.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 minutes
Steep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving (16 ounces)

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 2 black tea bags (or 1 tablespoon loose tea)
  • 2 tablespoons dried rose buds (chopped)
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ cups ice

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Put tea bags, chopped dried rose buds, and hot water into a teapot.
    Boil water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting. Set water temperature to 195°F.
  • Cover and steep for 5 minutes.
    Steeping for longer will make the tea bitter.
  • Discard tea bags and strain out rose buds. Stir in sugar until it dissolves.
    To strain out the rose buds, pour hot tea from the teapot into a cup, using a mesh strainer. Pour hot tea back into the teapot.
    Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool.
  • Pour cooled down tea into a cup with ice.

NOTES

  • Any black tea can work for this drink, like English Breakfast tea.
  • Rose buds or rose petals can be used.
  • Tea bags or sachets make for quick and easy cleanup but you can also use loose tea. Use 1 ½ teaspoons of black loose tea instead of 1 tea bag. For this recipe, you’ll need 1 tablespoon of loose tea.
  • The dried rose buds sold at flower shops are full of pesticides and not meant for eating. Be sure to purchase edible, food-safe petals or buds when making tea.
  • White sugar is used in this recipe, but any sweetener of your choice works.
  • To make the best tasting iced tea, use filtered water. Also use filtered water to make ice if possible.
  • Use the correct temperature and don’t oversteep the tea. The longer you brew it, the more astringent and bitter black tea gets.
  • Rose syrup can be used in place of the rose buds and sugar in the recipe.
  • Instead of sugar, sweeten the tea with syrups like hibiscus and strawberry for additional flavor.
  • Fresh fruit like cut strawberries make for pretty garnishes when serving this tea at a baby shower to bridal party.
  • Make a creamy, decadent drink by adding rose cold foam on top.
  • Use remaining dried rose buds to make rose syrup or rose bubble tea.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 92 | Carbohydrates: 24g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 6mg | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.03mg
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