How to use Rose Water

Find out more about how to use  rose water in cooking and baking! We love this  special Lebanese culinary tradition. Find pure imported flower waters in my shop here.

Rose Water with pink raspberry buttercream

We just HAVE to kick off February and spring with an ode to the beautiful Lebanese tradition of baking with flower waters. Their  flavor is iconic, a part of the taste memory we hold onto always. We love this special Lebanese culinary tradition for the floral flavor notes that enhances recipes when flower waters are used correctly to maximize their presence.

rose water with red berry jam

⁠What is Rose Water?

💗 Rose Water is a pure distillation of rose petals, not to be mistaken with rose extract (which tastes totally different and inferior). ⁠

Why use rose water?

💗 Rose water tastes of roses! A little goes a long way. Just a few drops enhance flavors like red berries, baklawa syrups, preserves.⁠

How do you store rose water?

💗 A bottle of rose water lasts a looong time. That’s because, well, see above. ⁠After a year or so your rose water may lose strength off aroma and flavor, but it is still safe to use. Store rose water at room temperature in the pantry, same way you would store vanilla extract.

Here are few favorite recipes using rose water:

Lemon bundt with raspberry rose glaze

Lemon Bundt with Raspberry Rose Glaze.


Raspberry Heart Scones

Raspberry Rose Cream Heart Scones.


Strawberry Rose Cheesecake,

Strawberry Rose Cheesecake with Labneh.


Chocolate Fudge Cake with Rosewater Cream,

Dark Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Rose Cream.


A semolina cake topped with sugared rose petals, sitting on a pedestal cake plate.

Semolina Coconut Cake with Sugared Rose Petals.


Glazed yeasted Lebanese Easter Cookies

Glazed Yeasted Ka’ik with Rosewater Glaze.


Raspberry buttercream cake with big slice cut out

Raspberry Buttercream Caket


Strawberry Rose Jam Bars

Strawberry Rose Jam Bars.


Rhubarb Rose Syrup

Rhubarb Rose Water Syrup.


Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with rose water

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with a hint of rose water and My Mom’s Best Pie Crust.


Rhubarb tart with pistachios on a sheet pan

Rhubarb Pistachio Tart.


Where to buy the Best Rose Water:

I’m proud to share the finest flower waters available in my shop, imported from Lebanon–find them here. Every well-stocked pantry includes flower waters! ⁠


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  1. Sharon Hamad on February 2, 2022 at 11:19 AM

    I love both rose and orange water. Not sure which but a little was used in our family’s rice pudding. They also insisted on Carolina Rice for that and Uncle Ben’s for rice hashwee.

    • Maureen Abood on February 2, 2022 at 11:23 AM

      Ours too Sharon, my mother used orange blossom water in our rice pudding. And/or vanilla. Divine…. What is Carolina rice?!

  2. MF Zito on February 2, 2022 at 2:20 PM

    Your recommendations for the correct storage of rose water are missing; please add and resend.

    • Maureen Abood on February 2, 2022 at 2:26 PM

      I see it got cut off! Thanks so much, I’ve updated the post.

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