Rose Lemonade

rose lemonade with rose petals

Rose lemonade with rose simple syrup

The perfect summery floral drink! Rose lemonade has the tang of lemons and lovely light floral notes from the rose petals. Rose petals are used to make a quick simple syrup for this summer treat.

So I tried making this three ways. I tried with rose petals, Nielsen Massey’s rose water and a bottle of rose water from an Indian store (Laxmi brand). I must say I was pretty disappointed in the latter two.  The Nielsen Massey rose water is something I love to use for baking, but it was WAY too strong and harsh even in small quantities.  It has alcohol in it so it gives it a stronger taste. The rose water by Laxmi brand was not impressive in taste.

Rose petals was the way to go for me.  It gave the lemonade a light rosy (actually just more floral) taste.  The color of petals are absorbed by the water when making the simple syrup. As a result, it gets a pretty color naturally.

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rose lemonade with rose petals and lemons

What type of rose petals are needed?

Dried edible rose petals are ideal. Don’t use store bought roses that are likely treated with chemicals. I used a mix from Frontier Co-op and Suncore. I find Suncore to be the freshest.  I used a mix because the Frontier ones were more red and Suncore more pink and I wanted to get a nice color from the mix. You can find Suncore rose petals here

rose lemonade with rose petals and lemons

How do I make rose lemonade?

It’s pretty easy! To make rose lemonade just make the rose simple syrup, strain and let cool.  Then mix together lemon juice, water and the simple syrup.

  • Make rose simple syrup: water, sugar, rose petals
  • Make lemonade: freshly juiced lemons, water and rose simple syrup

Rose Simple Syrup

Rose lemonade process steps:

Sugar water boiling with rose petals

Adjust to your preference!

The quantities I used were balanced with the rose petals and lemons I used.  Lemons vary in flavor dependent on the type and level of ripeness. As a result, you may want to adjust to get the sweet spot!

There will likely be leftover rose syrup (about 1/8 to 1/4 cup). Again, dependent on your taste you may like additional rose flavor added. Rose simple syrup can be stored in a jar and refrigerated for later use! You can make it ahead of time and refrigerate so it is ready to use.

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rose lemonade with rose petals

Rose Lemonade

Shilpa Joshi
Perfect summery floral drink! Rose lemonade has the tang of lemons and lovely light floral notes from the rose petals. Rose petals are used to make a quick simple syrup for this summer treat.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 200 kcal


Rose Simple Syrup

  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup rose petals
  • 3/4 cup sugar

Rose Lemonade

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups rose simple syrup
  • 1 cup lemon juice 4-5 lemons juiced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Ice per taste


Rose Simple Syrup

  • Add water, sugar to small pot/sauce pan and bring to boil. Once boiling, add in rose petals and let simmer on low-medium.
    Sugar water boiling with rose petals
  • After simmering for about 10 minutes, you'll see the petals losing color and the water will absorb the floral notes.
    rose petal simple syrup in a pot
  • Strain the petals from the syrup. Let syrup cool.
    Rose petals in a strainer

Rose Lemonade

  • Add lemon juice and water to a pitcher
    lemonade in a glass pitcher
  • Add rose simple syrup
    Rose lemonade in a pitcher with roses
  • Add ice per taste and garnish with edible rose petals
    rose lemonade with rose petals


Lemons vary in intensity of flavors.  You may need to taste to adjust to your taste dependent on how ripe they are, what type they are etc.
Lemon zest can add a strong note of lemon
There will be some leftover rose simple syrup.  Again, some may prefer more.  The recipe is balanced but can definitely be adjusted per your preference.
Leftover rose simple syrup can be kept in a jar in the fridge for future use.


Calories: 200kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 42mgFiber: 1gSugar: 59gVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
Keyword floral drinks, rose drink, rose lemonade, rose petal simple syrup, rosewater lemonade
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