Easy Steps to Make Rose Tea Properly

Dried rose buds and leaves 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.

How to make rose tea

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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Health Benefits of Rose Tea

  • May help with anxiety
    Rose tea is very aromatic and soothing which can help relax the body.
  • May help with circulation
    According to Chinese medicine, rose tea is very warming and can help circulation in the body.
  • May help with digestion
    Rose tea may have antibacterial properties that can help with digestive issues such as cramping and bloating.

There haven’t been a ton of studies done on rose tea so know that these health benefits aren’t supported by scientific research.

Rose Tea Formula

You can use the same formula for both cold and iced rose tea.

1 tablespoon of dried rose buds for every cup of water (8 fl. oz.).

My Rose Tea Pick:

Dried rose buds for rose tea

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.

Are there any calories?
Rose tea is calorie-free! You only have calories if you add milk or sugar to the 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 Tips

  • Use dried rose buds for a more flavorful cup.
  • 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.

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Rose tea ingredients

What I Use to Make Rose Tea

How to make rose tea

How to Make Rose Tea Properly

STEP 1: Boil water.

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

If you’re a serious tea drinker, get and use an electric kettle with a temperature setting. It’ll brew water for tea to the perfect 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-by-step hot rose tea

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.

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How to make rose tea properly

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

The formula is 1 tablespoon of dried rose buds for every cup of water.

I measure out the rose buds before I chop.

Easy steps to make rose tea

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.

Easy rose tea recipe

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

Now you have a beautiful, aromatic cup of rose tea!

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

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Cold brew iced rose tea

How to Make Iced Rose Tea 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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Dried rose buds for rose tea

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 it helps the water reach into the the petal layers.

How to make cold brew rose tea

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

To make cold-brewed rose tea, use the same amount of rose buds (1 tablespoon for every cup of water) as you do when you’re making hot rose tea.

Add cool or room temperature water into a pitcher and add in rose tea. (I use this glass teapot with strainer.)

Use filtered water for the best tasting cold brewed tea.

How to make iced rose tea

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

Herbal tea, like rose te,a 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.

Iced rose tea

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 sugar at home by mixing equal parts sugar and hot water until the sugar dissolves. 

 
 
Rose Tea

Rose Tea

Yield: Makes 1 serving

How to make rose tea properly, hot and iced.

Instructions

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. Warm up teapot.
    Pour some hot water into the teapot and swirl it around a bit to warm it up. Discard the water.
  4. Put cut rose buds into teapot and add hot water.
  5. Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
  6. Strain rose buds and pour hot tea into a teacup.

Notes

To make cold brew iced 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.
  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 your tea:

If you want to sweeten your rose tea, use simple syrup.

You can easily make simple sugar at home by mixing equal parts sugar (or honey, date syrup, or brown sugar) and hot water until the sugar dissolves.

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2 Comments

  • Ah-Mei
    2 weeks ago

    Can the tea be made with any rose buds from a home garden?

    • Oh, How Civilized
      2 weeks ago

      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.

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