How to Make Rose Tea Properly (Hot & Iced)

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Dried rose buds can be used to make a soothing herbal tea by brewing it in hot or cold water. See my step-by-step guide on how to make the perfect cup of rose tea.

Iced rose tea in a glass cup with ice

Rose Tea

  • Rose tea is an herbal tea made by steeping dried rose buds and petals in water. Herbal tea can also be called an infusion or a tisane.
  • Naturally caffeine-free. 
  • All roses are edible but look for food-grade rose buds to make sure they weren’t treated with pesticides.
  • Roses from the flower shop shouldn’t be made into tea. The cut roses from a florist are loaded with chemicals. 

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Rose Tea Brewing Guide

TO MAKE HOT ROSE TEA
TEA:
1 tablespoon loose cut dried rose buds
WATER:
1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
WATER TEMPERATURE:
208°F
STEEP TIME:
5 minutes

TO MAKE COLD BREW ROSE TEA
TEA:
1 tablespoon loose cut dried rose buds
WATER:
1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
WATER TEMPERATURE:
Cold water
STEEP TIME:
12 hours

What You’ll Need

TO MAKE HOT ROSE TEA

TO MAKE COLD BREW ROSE TEA

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Hot rose tea in a mug

How to Make hot rose tea Properly

STEP 1: Boil water.

Instead of tap water, boil filtered water. The better the water tastes, the better your rose tea will taste.

Tea Sommelier’s Tip: If you’re a serious tea drinker, get an electric kettle with temperature setting so that you can brew tea using the correct water temperature.

I set the water in the electric kettle to 208°F, which is a bit under a full boil.

Make sure you boil some extra water to warm your teapot.

STEP 2: Roughly chop dried rose buds.

Cutting the rose buds in half, or giving it a rough chop makes it easier for the water to infuse and extract the flavor.

STEP 3: Warm up teapot.

Pour boiled water into your teapot and swirl the water around. Pour out the water.

This step is always included when I want to brew tea properly. Warming the teapot keeps the tea water nice and hot so the tea flavor can be as pure as possible.

STEP 4: Put cut dried rose buds into teapot and add hot water.

I measure out the rose buds before I chop.

STEP 5: Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.

I find 5 minutes to be the ideal brew time for most herbal teas, but rose tea has a gentle flavor and can be steeped for longer if you wish.

The tea won’t get bitter or too strong if you brew it for longer than 5 minutes.

Keep your teapot covered to keep the water nice and hot.

Tea Sommelier’s Tip: Brew herbals like rose tea in glass teapots so you can see the pretty buds and see the tea change color as it steeps.

STEP 6: Strain rose buds and pour hot tea into a teacup.

If you like your tea sweet, add  sugar, honey, or even date syrup.

Cold brew iced rose tea

How to Make Iced rose Properly

The best way to make iced tea is to cold brew it. The flavor is the absolute best when brewed this way.

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STEP 1: Roughly chop dried rose buds.

Measure out the dried rose buds then cut each in half or roughly chop.

The rose buds are fairly small and tightly closed so cutting them helps the water reach into the the petal layers.

STEP 2: Put dried rose buds and water in a pitcher or glass container.

Add cool or room temperature water into a pitcher and add in rose buds. (A cold brew tea maker makes it easy.)

Use filtered water for the best tasting cold brewed tea.

STEP 3: Cover pitcher and put it in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours.

Herbal tea, like rose tea can be left to steep for up to 24 hours without getting bitter or too strong.

If you make a lot of cold brew tea, get a cold brew glass pitcher.

STEP 4: Strain rose buds and pour tea into a cup.

Cold brewed tea is already chilled so adding ice is optional.

If you want to sweeten your iced rose tea, use simple syrup. It’s easiest to mix into your cold tea since it’s a liquid.

You can make simple syrup at home by mixing equal parts sugar and hot water until the sugar dissolves. 

ROSE TEA TIPS

  • Use dried rose buds for a more flavorful cup.
  • Rough chop or cut rose buds before steeping in water.
  • A glass teapot is great for making rose tea so you can see the beautiful flowers in the water.
  • Try adding a couple of dried rose buds to your green tea or black tea to give it a light floral flavor.

QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE

What does rose tea taste like?

Rose tea tastes soft, floral (not a surprise), smooth, and a little sweet.

Is there caffeine?

There’s no caffeine in roses so there’s no caffeine in rose tea.

What’s the difference between loose tea, tea sachets, and tea bags?

Use dried rose buds for the best tasting tea. Rose tea in tea sachets and tea bags are of lower quality.

Can I make rose tea from roses from my garden? 

Yes, as long as they’re free of pesticides and chemical-free. 

Is rose tea a real tea?

Rose tea isn’t a real tea. Real tea is tea made from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. Herbal teas, like rose tea, are not real tea since they come from different plants.

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Rose Tea

Author: Jee Choe
Make soothing rose tea, hot and cold, at home using dried rose buds.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Steep Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving

INGREDIENTS
 

INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • Boil water.
    If using an electric kettle with temperature setting, set it to 208°F. Boil a little more water than needed so that it can be used to warm up the teapot. Filtered water is best.
  • Roughly chop dried rose buds.
    Roughly chop or cut each rose bud in half. The rose buds are fairly small and tightly closed so cutting it helps the water reach into the the petal layers.
  • Warm up teapot.
    Pour some hot water into a teapot and swirl it around to warm it up. Discard the water.
  • Put cut rose buds into teapot and add hot water.
  • Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain rose buds and pour hot tea into a teacup.

NOTES

TO MAKE COLD BREW ROSE TEA
1. Roughly chop dried rose buds.
2. Put dried rose buds and cool or room temperature water in a pitcher or glass container.
Filtered water is best for a better tasting iced tea.
3. Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
4. Strain rose buds and pour tea into a cup.
Ice is optional since the tea is already cold.
TO SWEETEN ICED TEA
To sweeten rose tea, use simple syrup.
You can easily make simple syrup at home by mixing equal parts sugar (or honey, date syrup, or brown sugar) and hot water until sugar dissolves.

The nutrition information is an estimate calculated using an online nutrition calculator.

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9 thoughts on “How to Make Rose Tea Properly (Hot & Iced)”

    • Hi Ah-Mei, yes, the tea can be made from fresh rose buds but I’ve never tried making it this way so I’m not sure of the proper ratio of water to fresh rose buds.

      Reply
  1. 5 stars
    I love rose tea! Esp before bed as it has very relaxing properties! Many herbalists recommend adding it to a blend with other herbs for better sleep!

    Reply
  2. Hello, Jee!

    Thank you for all of the great info you share! Can you recommend a few other rose tea brands besides Suncore Foods – Premium Dried Rose Buds Superbloom?

    Thanks!

    Reply

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