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

Krista May 21, 2019 - 8:06 pm

Do you use the rose hips the way they come off the rose bush or do you need to cut them open or do something to them to use them in a syrup or a liquor?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 21, 2019 - 8:34 pm

Hi Krista. I tend to freeze my rosehips so I can pick them in batches (when I am walking the dog) so I tend to top and tail them so they are ready to be used in whatever recipe I want. Freezing does soften the fruit a little and in this recipe they steep for quite a lo0ng time so I don’t cut them up further. If I was going to make cordial which is a quicker process I would chop them up roughly. My post on freezing foraged fruits explains a little of what happens to fruit when you freeze it. Hope that all makes sense!

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Kids of the Wild September 4, 2018 - 11:41 am

Ooh I’m going to give this a go. We do Rosehip syrup but I’ve not heard of the liqueur before!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders September 6, 2018 - 6:20 pm

It’s delicious so we tend to keep it for ourselves but it would make a lovely gift 🙂

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Piyush Mittal October 30, 2017 - 7:12 am

Ohh great! It’s so yummy and delicous.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 1, 2017 - 9:12 am

Thanks Piyush 🙂

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Kristen October 28, 2017 - 1:14 am

Do u know if u can make this with dried rosehips? And if so, how much would you use?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders October 29, 2017 - 5:49 pm

I’m planning to try that next Kristen. I have used other dried fruit in liqueurs before and it’s worked out well so I’m hopeful dried rosehips will be the same. I’ll probably start out trying a quarter jar of the dried fruit. If you do try it out before me please come back and let me know how it turned out 🙂

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Elizabeth Shapona October 27, 2017 - 8:05 pm

Sarah, have you ever used it as a vinegar? If not…do you think it would have merit…

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Sarah - Craft Invaders October 29, 2017 - 5:47 pm

I’m not sure if you mean the liqueur or whether I have made rosehip vinegar Elizabeth. I think they’d be great in a vinegar but I have never made one 🙂

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