How to make rose water lemonade

Sweet, fragrant and floral rose water lemonade will be your new favorite way to enjoy this classic spring and summer drink. Not only is it delicious, making your own from scratch is super simple, elegant and perfect for entertaining, or enjoying a soothing treat after tending to your garden. Make it fresh after making your own rose water at home.

It's no secret I love roses, but combining my love for the flavor of rose with tart lemonade was just bound to happen. This recipe yields a large pitcher of lemonade, perfect for sipping on through out the week, or when you're entertaining. And if you're really trying to beat the heat, try my rose water lemonade popsicles.

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This recipe is similar to my lavender lemonade, but different in that it's made with rose water instead of rose syrup. You can absolutely add some rose syrup if in addition to your sweetener, if desired. The tartness of the lemonade pairs so perfectly with floral notes. And the rose flavor is a particularly cherished treat for your next brunch.

Ingredients in this recipe:

  • Rose water - homemade or store bought
  • Plain water
  • Large lemons
  • Sugar or honey

Quantities in recipe card below!

Tools needed for making rose water lemonade:

  • A long spoon for stirring
  • A large pitcher or beverage dispenser for serving
  • Ice cube trays for making ice
  • Glasses for serving

What sweetener we used in this recipe:

Without a doubt - lemonade needs some sweetness ! I added granulated sugar to sweeten this lemonade. You can use any sweetener you desire. Rose infused honey or a few tablespoons of rose water simple syrup would be an excellent choice! You can taste and tweak to your desired sweetness.

The benefits of drinking rose water:

close up shot of glasses of rose lemonade over a vintage handkerchief with roses inside

Where to find rose water for rose lemonade:

You can make your own rose water at home in a simple distillation method. You can choose fresh organic, directly from your garden, or organic dried rose buds. Having your own edible flower garden is the best place to get your edible flowers, but you can also forage wild plants safety and sustainably. I have an entire post on where to find edible flowers. However, you can easily source food grade rose water in most grocery stores and online.

Safety tips:

  • Don't use roses from highly contaminated areas such roadways, chemically treated gardens.
  • If you haven't tried a particular flower in culinary uses, taste a small piece before ingesting too much. You can be allergic to flowers.

Alternatively, you can simply buy rose water. You can easily find rose water online. You can also look for it in pharmacies and halal or Middle Eastern markets. Be sure that it's 100 percent pure and food grade, not for skin care with added ingredients, and not artificially flavored.

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Step by step how to make rose lemonade:

  • Squeeze all of your lemons into a pitcher or large jar. Strain out any pulp or seeds
  • Next, add in your sugar or rose infused honey.
  • Next, boil two cups of plain water out of five cups
  • Add your boiling water into your sugar and lemon juice mixture
  • Once it cools slightly, add your one cup of rose water
  • Serve over ice and enjoy!
close up shot of glasses of rose lemonade over a vintage handkerchief with roses inside

Rose water lemonade

Yield: 8 glass pitcher of lemonade
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Sweet, fragrant and floral rose water lemonade will be your new favorite way to enjoy this classic spring and summer drink. Not only is it delicious, making your own from scratch is super simple, elegant and perfect for entertaining, or enjoying a soothing treat after tending to your garden. Make it fresh after making your own rose water at home.

Ingredients

  • 7 cups water
  • 1 cup of rose water
  • ½ cup sugar or honey, more to taste
  • about 8 large lemons, squeezed
  • Ice cubes

Instructions

    Squeeze all of your lemons into a pitcher or large jar. Strain out any pulp or seeds.


    Next, add in your sugar, or rose infused honey or flower infused honey. Taste and add more or add some rose simple syrup if you prefer a sweeter lemonade.


    Next, boil two cups of plain water out of five cups. You need hot water to dissolve the sugar for perfect lemonade, so don't skip this step!


    Add your boiling water into your sugar and lemon juice mixture, and then your remaining water.


    Once it cools slightly, add your one cup of rose water.


    Serve over ice or floral ice cubes and enjoy!

Notes

Store covered in the refridgerator for up to one week.

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 103Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 13mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 2gSugar 18gProtein 1g

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