My Mother’s Rosolio Recipes  

Home Made Rosolio – La Ricetta di mia Madre  

As many new versions and flavors of rosolio came out, in Europe, and in all Mediterranean countries the rosolio was produced in the family’s kitchens and commercially in abbeys and monasteries.
The sundew flowers are not used any longer to make rosolio still some people thinking that the word rosolio meant rosa-olio, oil of roses, still make an infusion of rose petals and blend it with sugar and alcohol.

Liquors are available in many flavors, fruits or nuts based and available in liquor stores.  

Homemade rosolio is easy to make, does not require any equipment save for a little patience and time.
There are no strict rules or recipes to make rosolio, because you have to be the judge in making a sweeter or stronger rosolio: by increasing the amount of alcohol and/or sugar will give a stronger or sweeter rosolio and a lighter rosolio by decreasing above amounts.

My mother was a very busy women and did everything with efficiency and speed; she used extracts to make all rosoli except for brewing the coffee to make rosolio al caffe’ or the Rosolio alle Fragole made with tiny Sicilian strawberry infused with alcohol and syrup.  

Makes about 2 Fifths  


  • 1 lb. Sugar  
  • 1 pint Water 
  • Extract of your preferred essence (store bought) 
  • 1 Qt. 100 proof vodka 




Bring to a boil the sugar and the water; simmer at low heat for 3 minutes and set on the side to cool.  

In a clean jar combine the alcohol and the extract.

When sugar syrup is cold pour it into the jar. Seal the jar and let it sit for a few days.

Strain the rosolio using a paper filter or a piece of cotton cloth or a few layers of cheesecloth.

Bottle and seal the rosolio and use after about one week.



We liked a light rosolio at about 20% alcoholic content that can be made using a vodka 80 proof.

Making the Coffee Rosolio water is substituted with espresso coffee.

My mother made the Strawberry Rosolio with tiny fragoline, available only in Sicily, by combining them with the water-sugar- alcohol solution.