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Rose Iced Tea Recipe


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Rose Iced Tea pairs well with many Middle Eastern dishes, as well as some Indian cuisine and pastries from around the world.

Lindsey Goodwin
Rose Iced Tea gets its subtle rose flavor from rose water and dried rosebuds.

If you're not sure where to buy rose water, check out this guide to buying rose water. Dried rosebuds are usually sold as an "herbal tea" (tisane) and can be found in the bulk section of many health food stores, or through many online tea and herb vendors.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings


  • 3 tsp. black tea (preferably Nilgiri black tea, which produces a delicately perfumed, crystal clear iced tea)
  • 2 heaping tsp. dried rosebuds
  • 2 c. boiling water
  • 2 tsp. honey (preferably Tupelo honey or another mild honey)
  • 1/4 tsp. rose water
  • 2 c. ice cubes or crushed ice


  1. Brew the tealeaves and rosebuds in boiling water for five minutes.
  2. Strain the tea and stir in the honey.
  3. Chill the mixture for about three hours.
  4. Pour over the ice, add rose water, stir and serve, adding more ice if needed.

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