A few days ago, one of my nieces brought a beautiful rose back from her grandfather’s house and presented it to my brother. He made a joke to her about giving it to me so I could make something from it. I admit I MAY sometimes go a bit overboard on creating things from flowers and was deserving of the teasing! But, anyway, I did make him something from it!
Almost every winter it seems he gets some kind of cough that won’t go away, so I whipped him up a batch of Whiskey Rose Cough Remedy.
I based this recipe on one that I found in several places around the internet, but was most commonly attributed to Kiva Rose. It called for brandy, but I used whiskey instead. I also added a little bit of lemon for a color, flavor & nutrient boost.
Whiskey Rose Cough Remedy:
- fresh roses
- a lemon
- whiskey (or brandy)
Fill a pint jar with rose petals and slices of lemon peel, fill the jar about 1/3 full of honey (more or less to taste) until the petals are saturated, then top with whiskey. This is potent stuff! I like to put a little layer of plastic wrap between the mixture and the metal lid as a precaution. Shake well.
Store in a dark cabinet for about six weeks, shaking periodically, then strain. Dispense by the spoonful as needed for coughs and sore throats.
I mix this with generous amounts of honey to cut the burn, but individual dosing will vary depending on tolerance. You don’t have to be overly precise – I use a kitchen tablespoon to measure it out. Start with one spoonful of honey mixed with one spoonful of cough remedy. If needed, add another spoonful of either honey (to cut the burn more) or cough remedy (for a stronger dose.) You can take this every hour or two, or as needed.
I treat this strictly as a grown-up remedy, not for kids! Also, please don’t take before driving! This is simply a retelling of a home remedy that I’ve found success with; no medical advice for your particular situation is implied. Serious illnesses may require professional medical care, if in doubt, ask your doctor.
For a non-alcoholic version, simply omit the alcohol and use all honey. (Another good non-alcoholic cough remedy is Violet Leaf & Honey Cough Syrup.)
Looking for more ideas using roses? Check out my ebook for Kindle: Things to Make With Roses!