Rose Lemonade

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Sweet, floral, and tart, this rose lemonade is made from scratch using just 4 ingredients. Get step-by-step instructions to make this caffeine-free drink delicious every time.

Rose Lemonade in clear cup with sliced lemons.

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Homemade Rose Lemonade

Rose lemonade is a bright and fragrant drink that’s great for summertime gatherings.

Dried rose buds or petals are steeped in hot water to form a caffeine-free tea that’s layered on top of lemonade.

When making drinks, always make sure sure to use food-grade rose buds that are edible and not ones from flower shops.

The rose lemonade is lightly floral, tart, and perfectly sweet.

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Recipe Highlights

  • Rose lemonade is a caffeine-free drink made with dried rose buds, lemonade, water, and ice.
  • It starts with making a rose tea concentrate by steeping rose buds in hot water, then cooling it down.
  • The lemonade is already sweet so no other sweeteners are needed.
  • This recipe makes 16 ounces (2 cups) but can easily be increased to make a larger batch.

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Ingredient Notes

Rose Lemonade ingredients measured in bowls and cups.
  • Dried rose buds: Dried rose petals will also work. Only use dried rose that are food-safe.
  • Lemonade: Use homemade or store-bought.
  • Water: Use filtered water for the best tasting drink.
  • Ice: Make ice with filtered water if possible.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Pouring hot water in a teapot with rose buds.

Step 1: Put dried rose buds and hot water into a teapot.

Roughly chop the rose buds for a stronger rose flavor. Boil water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting.

Rose buds steeping in a teapot.

Step 2: Cover and steep. After steep, strain tea and let cool.

Pouring lemonade into a cup with ice and lemons.

Step 3: Pour lemonade into a cup with ice. Optional: Garnish with lemon slices.

Pouring tea into a cup with lemonade, ice, and lemons.

Step 4: Add the cooled down rose tea.

Recipe Notes

Only use food-grade rose buds.

Be sure to purchase dried rose buds that are edible and food-safe.

The ones that are sold at flower shops are treated with pesticides and not meant for eating.

Store-bought or homemade lemonade both work.

Purchase your favorite store-bought lemonade or make one from scratch.

Homemade lemonade lets you control the sweetness of the drink.

To make a layered drink, start with the sweetest ingredient.

The order is important when making layered drinks. The sweetest ingredient needs to be added first, followed by ones with less sugar.

In this recipe, the lemonade has the most sugar and the tea is unsweetened, which is why the rose portion is added last.

Since the rose tea is light in color, the layered effect will be less distinct.

Prepare the tea part ahead of time.

Steep the dried rose buds to make the tea in advance and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Mix with the lemonade once ready to serve.

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Tea Sommelier’s Tips

  • Decorating the cup with lemons adds a pretty finishing touch. Line the slices first before adding the ice and lemonade to make sure they stay in place.
  • Instead of lemonade, you can add lemon simple syrup to a full cup of iced rose tea.
  • Use the dried rose buds to make a flavored simple syrup that can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Use it to make rose sodas or sweeten iced teas.

Questions You May Have

What does rose lemonade taste like?

Rose lemonade is sweet, floral, and, tart. The dried rose buds add a soft and smooth fragrance to the lemonade.

Does rose make you sleepy?

Studies have shown that rose tea has a relaxing effect, which can enhance sleep.

Is it okay to drink rose tea every day?

There are currently no known side effects to drinking rose tea daily, but as with most food and drink, it’s always best to do so in moderation.

How long should I brew the dried rose buds?

This recipe steeps the dried rose buds for 5 minutes, but it’s okay to brew them for longer since the tea won’t get bitter.

Rose Lemonade in clear cup with sliced lemons.

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5 from 1 vote

Rose Lemonade

By: Jee Choe
A caffeine-free sweet, floral, and tart rose lemonade made with just 4 ingredients.
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 1 serving (16 ounces)

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons dried rose buds
  • cup hot water
  • 1 cup ice
  • cup lemonade
  • 2 lemon slices, (optional garnish)

Instructions 

  • Put dried rose buds and ⅓ cup of hot water into a teapot.
    Roughly chop the rose buds for a stronger rose flavor. Boil water on the stovetop or use an electric kettle with a temperature setting. Set water temperature to 195°F.
  • Cover and steep for 5 minutes. Strain and let cool.
    The rose buds can be steeped for longer without getting bitter.
  • Pour lemonade into a cup with ice. Add cooled down rose tea.
    Optional: Garnish with thinly sliced lemon.

Notes

  • Be sure to purchase dried rose buds that are edible and food-safe. The ones that are sold at flower shops are usually treated with pesticides and not meant for eating.
  • Both homemade or store-bought lemonade works for this recipe. Homemade lemonade lets you control the sweetness of the drink.
  • The rose tea can be prepared ahead of time. Steep the dried rose buds in advance and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Mix with the lemonade once ready to serve.
  • To make a layered drink, start with the sweetest ingredient. The order is important when making layered drinks. The sweetest ingredient needs to be added first, followed by ones with less sugar.
  • Decorating the cup with lemons adds a pretty finishing touch. Line the slices first before adding the ice and lemonade to make sure they stay in place.

Nutrition

Calories: 80Carbohydrates: 20gSodium: 27mgPotassium: 6mgSugar: 19gVitamin A: 88IUCalcium: 12mgIron: 0.02mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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About Jee Choe

Welcome! I'm a certified Tea Sommelier and a self-proclaimed bubble tea and iced tea master. I'm all about making tea EASY and DELICIOUS.

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