Rose Water Lemonade

Imagine: Sunshine dappling through leaves, laughter echoing, and glasses clinking with a refreshing, floral-kissed elixir. Rose Water Lemonade! Gone are the days of ordinary lemonade. Here, we celebrate the delicate dance of roses and citrus, their sweetness and tartness swirling in a symphony of flavor. Not only is it divine, but crafting your own is easy. It's an elegant gathering touch, a soothing reward after garden adventures, or simply a personal indulgence in all its floral glory.

Now, I confess, I have a love for roses. Their beauty is undeniable, but it's their essence, captured in fragrant rose water, that truly takes my breath away. And when combined with the sunshine-bright zing of lemonade? Pure magic. This recipe yields a generous pitcher, perfect for week-long sipping or delightful soirees. So, gather your ingredients, let the sunshine guide you, and prepare to be swept away by the frolicking flavors of this floral delight! You can even make your own rose water with my recipe.

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This rose water version takes floral refreshment to a whole new level! Think: soft, delicate notes blooming on the tongue, a delightful contrast to the vibrant tartness of lemon.

Ingredients in this recipe:


The benefits of drinking rose water:

  • Roses are loaded with health benefits
  • It makes a beautiful, thoughtful gift
  • According to Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry roses exhibit very strong radical scavenging effect and antioxidant power
  • Its petals are nutritionally dense, containing an abundance of vitamin A, B, C, E
  • In Ayurvedic medicine, roses are believed to to balance the heart chakra
  • Roses are calming to the central nervous system according to thel Journal of Experimental Biology

How to sweeten this rose lemonade:

In this recipe, I used classic granulated sugar, but feel free to sweeten as you please! For a truly immersive floral experience, consider these delightful options:

  • Rose-infused honey: Imagine the delicate petals whispering their sweetness into your lemonade! Find rose-infused honey at specialty stores or make your own for a personalized touch.
  • Rose water simple syrup: Whip up a batch of this easy syrup (recipe below!) and drizzle it in for a subtle floral sweetness with a hint of rose perfume.
  • Floral sugar cubes
close up shot of glasses of rose lemonade over a vintage handkerchief with roses inside

Where to find rose water:

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.

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

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.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Serving Size 8 glass pitcher of lemonade


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


  • Squeeze all of your lemons into a pitcher or large jar. Strain out any pulp or seeds.
  • Add in your sweetener of choice
  • Boil two cups of water. 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 and the remaining cups of water to your pitcher, stir
  • Serve over ice or floral ice cubes and enjoy!


Store covered in the refridgerator for up to one week.

Garnish with:

More floral for hot summer days

Each sip is a reminder to slow down, savor the moment, and frolic in the simple pleasures of summer. If you've made this recipe, please leave me a comment or tag me on Instagram so I can enjoy life's simple pleasures with you! Go forth, frolic, and fare well. xo Sarah

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