Rose water lemonade in a stemless wine glass with crushed ice and a lemon slice with pale pink roses abd more lemon slices scattered around it

Why I love rose lemonade

A few weeks ago – well, more like a few months ago – I went to a restaurant called Kavarna after spending the morning at the Green Bay Farmer’s Market.

It’s a cute, little place that serves tasty, wholesome food and unlimited iced coffee refills. Yes, unlimited refills. But, my favorite thing was the rose water lemonade. It reminded me so much of my favorite rose macarons at Ladureé in Paris – they’re basically the equivalent to eating a light, sugary flower.

The rose water lemonade features the same floral flavors as the macarons, but the tartness of the lemonade stands on its own, preventing the rose water from being the primary taste. It’s the perfect drink for a hot, summer day.

Rose water lemonade in a stemless wine glass with crushed ice and a lemon slice with pale pink roses and more lemon slices scattered around it. A tall glass pitcher of the lemonade in the background.

How to make rose lemonade

After we left Kavarna that day, I vowed to make my own at home, and it turned out to be so much easier than I thought it would be. It was just a matter of tinkering with the ratio of rose water and lemonade.

So after making a few different batches, I came up with a formula – yes, I’m basically a scientist here. It’s 1 tablespoon of rose water for every 1 1/2 cups of lemonade. Of course, I’ve translated that into a larger amount for the recipe so you can make a whole pitcher instead of just one dinky cup.

You could change the proportions if you prefer the rose water to be more or less dominant to suit your taste. You could even use pink lemonade to make it look more like roses (that was totally my mom’s idea so I shouldn’t take credit).

Either way, you’ll want to serve over lots and lots of ice because it’s summer and really cold drinks are the best – especially when they taste like flowers.

A bottle of rose water and a glass bottle of lemonade.

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Rose Water Lemonade

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Beverages
  • Method: Mixing

Ingredients

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  • 6 cups lemonade
  • 1/4 cup rose water

Instructions

  1. In a pitcher, stir together the lemonade and rose water.
  2. Serve over ice.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 110
  • Sugar: 28 g
  • Sodium: 14.8 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Last Updated on August 6, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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  1. Oh my gosh YES!!! I think I only have rose essence.. I wonder if that would work. But then again we have a Mediterranean market just down the street. This sounds SO GOOD!!! I’m like dying of thirst right now so I might be a little over-enthusiastic, but really. So elegant yet fun!