How to Make a Delightful Rosehip Liqueur

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

Out of all the hedgerow liqueurs we make, Rosehip Liqueur is one of our favourites. In fact, it is currently hidden away to give it a chance to mature before hubby drinks it all.

What makes it special, I think, is it is made with a brandy base. The brandy, along with the added spices gives this Rosehip liqueur a much richer flavour than a Rosehip Gin or Vodka.

 

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What are Rosehips?

Rosehip berries are the beautiful red fruit of the rose (Rosa) bush. All roses and their fruit are edible, although flavour varies depending on the variety. We are fortunate in that we have lots of wild dog rose bushes growing in the hedgerows around our house and they have an excellent flavour.

 

I cant promise that our Homemade Rosehip liqueur will stop you catching a cold, but it'll certainly cheer you up if you do have one. #Rosehips #RosehipLiqueur #RosehipGin #RosehipBrandy #RosehipBerries #RosehipPlant #Foraging #WildFood

 

Roses and their rosehip berries have been used as food, medicine and in cosmetics for millennia. The ancient Greeks and Romans highly prized them for their health benefits.

Packed full of vitamin C and Iron, syrup made from these fruits has a long history of being used here in the UK to prevent colds, particularly in children. They also taste fantastic combined with crab apples to make a Jelly.

I cant promise that our rosehip liqueur will stop you catching a cold, but since it tastes delicious, it’ll certainly cheer you up if you do have one.

 

I cant promise that our Homemade Rosehip liqueur will stop you catching a cold, but it'll certainly cheer you up if you do have one. #Rosehips #RosehipLiqueur #RosehipGin #RosehipBrandy #RosehipBerries #RosehipPlant #Foraging #WildFood

 

Rosehips are traditionally harvested after the first frosts, which is said to soften them and improve their flavour.

Just as I do when making Sloe Gin, I like to store mine in the freezer before using. You can read all the advantages of doing so in our best reasons for freezing foraged fruit post.

 

What you Need to Make Rosehip Liqueur.

Note: I like to use Brandy to make this liqueur, but you can make Rosehip Gin and Rosehip Vodka in exactly the same way.

Just pop all your ingredients into a clean jar, and allow to sit for at least a month, shaking periodically. Then strain through muslin and bottle.

 

I cant promise that our Homemade Rosehip liqueur will stop you catching a cold, but since it tastes delicious, it'll certainly cheer you up if you do have one.

 

This delicious, syrupy rosehip liqueur will continue to mature although it tastes fantastic from the start. It makes a lovely homemade gift, but I bet after you try it you won’t give a drop away!

If we have wetted your appetite for delicious foraged concoctions we suggest you check out our Magical Himalayan Balsam Gin that changes colour when the tonic is added, or our savoury Wild Horseradish and Ground Ivy Infused Vodka which is perfect for Bloody Marys.

And if you fancy making a gin infusion without having to forage first, try our delicious Raspberry and Mint Gin and our mouth-watering Seville Orange Gin.

 

I cant promise that our Homemade Rosehip liqueur will stop you catching a cold, but it'll certainly cheer you up if you do have one. #Rosehips #RosehipLiqueur #RosehipGin #RosehipBrandy #RosehipBerries #RosehipPlant #Foraging #WildFood

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26 comments

Gill Rogers October 20, 2019 - 5:30 pm

Hi, I’ve just bottled my rose hip liqueur after 5 weeks, but do you have any recipes that I can use the left over rose hips with? Seems such a shame to waste them with all that taste. Thanks Gill

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Sarah - Craft Invaders October 21, 2019 - 10:24 am

You could use them in a fruit leather Gill, but I would sieve the seeds out as they can cause irritation. Here’s my fruit leather recipe that you can adapt to use any fruit How to Make Easy and Delicious Fruit Leather

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Angela October 5, 2019 - 1:56 pm

What soft brown sugar do you use, when making rosehip liqueur.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders October 5, 2019 - 2:08 pm

I use light soft brown sugar Angela but any sugar will work, the darker ones will just make the resulting liqueur a little darker 🙂

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LaRue October 15, 2019 - 5:45 pm

Thank you so much for all your information! I have a batch aging right now to give as Christmas gifts. I was wondering if you saved the liquor infused rose hips from this recipe and what you could do/ make with them?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders October 21, 2019 - 10:27 am

You can use the rosehips again, but it is best to remove the seeds as they can cause irritation. They’d be great in fruit leather just sieve the pulp once it is cooked to remove the seeds

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