Homemade Rose Lemonade

Rose lemonade blends the crisp flavor of lemonade with the delicate flavor of rose. Made with lemonade and sweet rose simple syrup, it is pink lemonade with a floral flavor. This classic Mediterranean drink is perfect for summer and warm-weather celebrations.

Garnished drink sitting on three coasters.

If you are a fan of rose scents, you will love rose lemonade! This favored Middle Eastern drink blends the flavors of tart, sweet, and floral by mixing rose petals, simple syrup, and lemonade. My recommendation is to go light on the rose flavor. If you use too much, the drink will taste perfumy, and no one likes to drink perfume!

If you want a lighter summer afternoon lunch, try paring rose lemonade with a Turkish Shepherd salad, Greek cucumber salad, or the oh-so-popular Jennifer Aniston quinoa salad.

What is Rose Lemonade?

Rose lemonade combines fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, rose, and sometimes edible rose petals. It can be enjoyed individually or made into the perfect pitcher drink to share with friends. It is usually served in a glass with ice and a slice of lemon, and club soda can be mixed in for an added bit of fizz.

With its depth of flavor and delicate aroma, rose lemonade is a perfect homemade lemonade, along with other variations such as lavender, blueberry, and floral lemonade.

What Does Rose Lemonade Taste Like?

Rose lemonade tastes like a blend of tart and sweet with a floral finish. Adjust the sugar ratios to make the drink more tart or sweet. I recommend going light on the rose simple syrup. It is an ingredient that can go from having a great flavor to tasting artificial in a few drops.

Garnished drink from the top.

Ingredients

  • Rose Syrup: Rose syrup is a sweet, floral-flavored simple syrup. It can be made at home by steeping edible rose petals in sugar and water. It is also available at some grocery stores. Ultimately, I prefer using Monin Rose Syrup.
  • Lemonade: Homemade lemonade is a blend lemon, sugar, and water. Homemade lemonade tastes so much better than anything you buy at the store.
  • Garnishes (optional): I recommend adding garnishes to make this drink a show-stopper. Here are my favorite garnishes with rose lemonade.
    • Edible rose petals: Edible rose petals are a beautiful garnish. I purchase the petals in the picture online.
    • Lemon slices: Lemon slices are a classic garnish for lemonade.
    • Fresh Mint leaves: Add fresh mint leaves to perk up the flavor.
    • Rosemary sprigs: Rosemary is my favorite garnish. It grounds this drink perfectly!
Two glasses of finished recipe.

Personalize This Recipe

  • Make it into a fun Mocktail by adding a paper umbrella and lolly pops, swizzle sticks,
  • Create a Rosé wine drink by mixing a bottle of rosé wine with a cup and a half of lemonade. To make a sweeter drink, add simple syrup. (Equal parts water + sugar cooked over low heat until dissolved.)
  • Create a Cocktail by adding a shot of vodka to the 7 ounces of rose lemonade.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use rose petals from my yard?

Sort of. Technically, you can as long as they are free of pesticides and chemicals. However, I recommend using dried edible rose petals. They are safe to digest, and there is no fear of pesticides, chemicals, or bugs.

Is pink lemonade the same as rose lemonade?

No, pink lemonade and rose lemonade are not the same. Pink lemonade is pink when red food coloring or fruit juice is added to regular lemonade.

Can I make this an adult beverage?

Yes, you can make this drink into an adult beverage. Add a shot of your favorite vodka or gin to each glass. You can use a rose-flavored vodka or gin instead of rose syrup.

Two glasses of finished recipe.

Homemade Rose Lemonade

Rose lemonade blends the crisp flavor of lemonade with the delicate flavor of rose. Made with lemonade and sweet rose simple syrup, it is pink lemonade with a floral flavor. This classic Mediterranean drink is perfect for summer and warm-weather celebrations.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: All Day, Beverage
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings: 6 8 Ounce Drinks
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 Small saucepan
  • 1 lemon juice extractor Optional – Only needed for homemade lemonade

Ingredients

Drink – Overall Measurements

Homemade Lemonade (Optional)

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 – 4 cups cold water

Instructions

Homemade Lemonade Instructions (optional)

  • Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup granulated sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir until the sugar dissolves completely, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and let cool slightly.
  • While the syrup is cooling, juice 6-8 lemons, or enough to get 1 cup of juice.
  • Combine the simple syrup, lemon juice, and 3 cups of cold water in a pitcher.
  • Stir to combine and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight for the best flavor.

Rose Lemonade

  • Fill a glass with ice.
  • Add 1 cup of lemonade and 1-2 tablespoons of rose syrup. Stir to combine.
  • Garnish with lemon slices, rose petals, or other desired garnishes.

Notes

Sweetness: To adjust the sweetness, reduce or add the sugar to your taste preference. For example, if you prefer a less sweet lemonade, you could use 1/2 cup of sugar instead of 1 cup.
Tartness: To adjust the tartness of your lemonade, use more or less water, depending on your preference. For a tarter lemonade, use 3 cups of water instead of 4. For a milder lemonade, use 4 cups of water instead of 3.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Rose Lemonade
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
114
Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.2
g
0
%
Sodium
 
4
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
30
g
10
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
28
g
31
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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