Rose petal wine recipe from your friendly neighborhood provocative gourmand...
Rose petals are ripe for the picking at many homesteads at about this time. If you've never picked rose petals, made or drank rose petal wine you haven't lived. Sorry if that's provocative, but it's how it is.
Step one is to pick some rose petals, one of the most delightful jobs you can have. I like to make wine out of red rose petals. If you pluck petals a bit too late you can run into some earwigs. Don't worry they are gnarly looking but harmless. They've got good taste! Leave some roses for the pollinators. If you go though and pluck like half of your petals at the peak of maturity you will actually encourage more continued, robust growth of the entire rose bush. The smell of freshly picked rose petals as you are carrying them to the kitchen is one of the most ethereal scents and uplifting I've ever experienced. I like to pick the petals in the afternoon after the sun has warmed them.
WARNING ALL ROSE PETALS MUST BE ORGANIC
Gently rinse the petals, and fill a five quart / liter pot like 2/3 full with loosely packed petals. Fill the pot to the top minus about an inch and a half with freshly filtered pure water. Bring water to a gentle boil. Cover the petals and let them sit overnight. The petals will float to the top and go limp and fade to a very light pink, some of them will actually become whitish in color. The marvelous red color all gets subsumed into a delightful red broth and fills your kitchen and surrounding rooms with a sweet warm wholesome fragrance of love.
Use a spoon with perforations to take out the petals and be sure to squeeze out any juice from the petals into the pot. Add to the broth about three and a half or four cups of sugar heating the broth up until all the sugar gets melted. Let the mixture cool until the pot is comfortably warm to the touch. Add one packet of yeast and stir, champagne / sparkling wine yeast works well.
After the mixture has cooled pour it into a fermentation jug. Make sure it is bubbling at the top. Keep in a cool, dark pantry. Shake it up every other day or so--at least a few times a week. After a week and a half or so start taste testing. It is ready to bottle when it's slightly sweeter than you want the wine to be.
Drink, enjoy, share with good people. Remember there can be no bad rose petal wine. Only hangovers for the wicked who will not let themselves rest--resulting in a rose petal wine super production. This side effect is typically harmless. Lots of vitamin C, B and K in those petals. Works to get the blood pumping and heal the heart🌹