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Rose Lemonade Recipe

This delicious Rose Lemonade is an incredibly refreshing drink. Made with freshly squeezed lemons and culinary rose water, this is a unique beverage that the whole family will love.

multiple glasses of rose lemonade with slices of lemon and rose petals on a white board

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This homemade lemonade is flavored with rose water to make a beautiful and special beverage. It’s perfect for an afternoon refreshment or serve it as a stunning signature drink at your next brunch.

What is Rose Water?

Rose water is simply water that has been distilled with culinary rose petals. It has an incredible smell and taste and adds a special and unique flavor to recipes. You can find it online or at a well-appointed grocery store, usually in the ambiguously named “international” aisle.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Start with 2 tsp of rose water and then add more if desired.
  • If you’d like to serve immediately, replace 1.5 cups of cold water with 2.5 cups of ice cubes.
  • Make this Lemon Simple Syrup to have on hand for quick no-cook batches of rose lemonade.
  • If you want to be extra when serving this, sprinkle culinary roses in the pitcher – OR – freeze rose petals with water in ice cube trays.

a pitcher of lemonade being poured into a glass with lemons and a straw

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multiple glasses of rose lemonade with slices of lemon and rose petals on a white board
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5 from 1 vote

Rose Lemonade

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Made with freshly squeezed lemons and culinary rosewater, this is a unique drink that the whole family will love.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 6 cups cold water {divided}
  • 1 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice {~5 large lemons}
  • 2 tsp rosewater {+ more to taste if desired}

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan cook 1.5 cups sugar and 1 cup of water over medium-high heat until all the sugar has dissolved. Stir often to prevent the sugar syrup from boiling over.
  • Roll lemons on the counter while applying pressure to soften them.
  • Squeeze enough lemons to produce 1 ¼ cup juice (~5 lemons). Remove any seeds.
  • Optional: strain to remove pulp.
  • Combine sugar syrup, lemon juice, cold water, and rose water in a pitcher. Stir and serve.

Notes

Start with 2 tsp of rose water and then add more if desired.
 
If you'd like to serve immediately, replace 1.5 cups of cold water with 2.5 cups of ice cubes.
Nutrition Facts
Rose Lemonade
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 46mg1%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 44g49%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 3IU0%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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7 comments on “Rose Lemonade Recipe”

  1. Okay, so this is officially the best ever! I designed a meal for a small group of girlfriends around a lemon theme. We had lemon chicken in orzo, spinach, grape tomatoes, and basil, Caesar salad, lemon cake with lemon icing . . . and this lemonade. So easy to make and so delicious! Everyone really enjoyed everything, but this lemonade was everyone’s favorite. There was such a delicate hint of something delightfully different. And a big plus . . . I bought the rosewater at a local international market for $3.13 . . . much cheaper than Amazon’s $9.95! Thanks so much, Sarah; I consistently find great recipes on your blog each and every time. You haven’t failed me once!5 stars

    • I’m thrilled it was such a hit, Terry! That menu sounds absolutely delicious.

      And you described it perfectly – “a delicate hint of something delightfully different”. 🙂

  2. This sounds like it would be so refreshing on a hot summer day!  I’m all about the flavored lemonades when the temps start to rise.  In the past I’ve also tried tucking a few sprigs of mint or some lavender flowers in individual glasses of lemonade, and they add a lovely flavor as well!  (Not to mention they look pretty in the glass)

    • Do you use loose lavender or more like lavender “sticks” (stalks? What are they called?!)?

      • I just tuck a few little stalks/sprigs of the lavender in my glass, to taste. No need to break up the little flowers or anything.  Easy and elegant!

  3. Step 5 says to combine the lemon syrup with the rest of the ingredients, but there’s no measurement or directions for making lemon syrup.