2 cups fresh fragrant rose petals (about 15 large roses)* 3 cups water Honey or granulated sugar to taste
* All roses that you intend to consume must be free of pesticides. Do not use or eat flowers from florists, nurseries, or garden centers. In many cases these flowers have been treated with pesticides not labeled for food crops. The tastiest roses are usually the most fragrant. Learn more about Edible Flowers.
Clip and discard bitter white bases from the rose petals; rinse petals thoroughly and pat dry.
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, place the prepared rose petals. Cover with water and bring just to a simmer; let simmer for approximately 5 minutes, or until the petals become discolored (darkened).
Remove from heat and strain the hot rose petal liquid into teacups. Add honey or sugar to taste.