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Rose Tea

Author: Jee Choe
Make soothing rose tea, hot and cold, at home using dried rose buds.
4.8 from 12 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Steep Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving



  • 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.
  • Warm up teapot.
    Pour hot water into a teapot, halfway, and swirl it around a bit. Discard the water.
    Warming up the teapot is an extra step that all tea professionals take the time to do, so that when the tea steeps, the water temperature won't drop drastically.
  • Put cut rose buds into the teapot and add hot water. Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain rose buds and pour hot tea into a teacup.


How to Make Cold Brew Rose Iced Tea

  1. Put chopped dried rose buds and cool or room temperature water in a pitcher or glass container. Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours. Stir to make sure rose buds get dampened by the water and isn't sitting dry on top of the water surface. Use filtered water for a better tasting iced tea. 
  2. Strain rose buds and pour tea into a cup. Ice is optional since the tea is already cold.

Brewing Guide

Hot Rose Tea
  • TEA: 1 tablespoon chopped dried rose buds
  • WATER: 1 cup (8 oz.)
  • STEEP TIME: 5 minutes
Cold Brew Rose Iced Tea
  • TEA: 1 tablespoon chopped dried rose buds
  • WATER: 1 cup (8 oz.)
  • STEEP TIME: 12 hours in the refrigerator


  • Use loose tea instead of tea bags for a better quality cup of tea.
  • For a stronger cup of rose tea, add a couple of more minutes to your steep time or add 1/2 teaspoon more of the dried rose petals.
  • Use a glass teapot to make herbal tea so you can see the pretty herbals in water.
  • If you want to sweeten hot tea, you can use any kind of sweetener from sugar to date syrup, but for sweetening iced tea, always use simple syrup since it'll be the easiest to mix into a cold drink.
  • Rough chop or cut rose buds before steeping in water. Measure out the rose buds, then chop. Rose buds are fairly small and tightly closed so cutting them helps the water reach into the the petal layers.
  • Try adding a couple of dried rose buds to your green tea or black tea to give it a light floral flavor.
  • Rose tea can be brewed and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Keep it covered or airtight glass container or pitcher.
  • Loose tea and tea sachets should be stored in an airtight container away from light, odors, humidity, and heat.


Calories: 5 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 44IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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