The Ladies' Tea Guild

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Another use for rose petals: rose vinegar.

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"Rose vinegar is a novelty in salads, and, by some, thought very desirable. To every quarter of a pound of rose leaves, add two quarts of good vinegar; put it in a large jar, cover it firmly, and leave it to infuse, till a fine tincture is obtained, when strain for use." From Godey's Lady's Book, 1852.

I've never had rose vinegar, but it sounds really good! I have to contact my friends who have old roses, and collect some rose petals from them for the upcoming Rose Water Tea and Workshop (Saturday, August 8), but I think I'll use some of the petals to make some rose vinegar, too. It sounds really easy, which is a plus ...

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Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
-- William Cowper (1731-1800)
"The Winter Evening" (Book Four), _The Task_ (1784)