A homemade simple syrup fragrant with delicate rose petals is an easy way to elevate cocktail hour. Find dried rose petals online, or in the bulk herb section of well-stocked supermarkets and natural-foods stores.

Carolyn Malcoun
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2018


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr


Rose Simple Syrup


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare simple syrup: Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cook, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in flowers and let cool to room temperature, about 45 minutes. Strain (discard the flowers) and refrigerate for up to 1 month. (Makes 1-1 1/4 cups.)

  • To prepare mojito: Stir rum, lime juice, 1 ounce of the simple syrup and mint leaves in a tall glass. Add ice and club soda and stir again. Garnish with lime wedge, if desired.


To make ahead: Refrigerate simple syrup for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Facts

192 calories; protein 0.3g 1% DV; carbohydrates 15.9g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 0.7g 3% DV; sugars 12.9g; fat 0.1g; saturated fat 0.1g; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 45.5IU 1% DV; vitamin c 9mg 15% DV; folate 3.5mcg 1% DV; calcium 17.5mg 2% DV; iron 0.2mg 1% DV; magnesium 3.2mg 1% DV; potassium 38.7mg 1% DV; sodium 12.2mg 1% DV; added sugar 12g.