Rose flavoured lemonade (Λεμονάδα με τριαντάφυλλα)

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Rose flavoured lemonade

Fresh lemonade flavoured with roses

We just got a little bit smarter.  In preparing this post, which features our parents’ delicious and oh, so refreshing, rose flavoured lemonade, we learned that roses are herbs!  Did you know that roses are herbs?  You did?! Really?!  Then you are were smarter than us!

For those of you who didn’t know…it’s true!  Roses are herbs, just like rosemary, mint and oregano!  This makes sense, when you consider that herbs are simply plants used for food, to enhance the flavour of food, for medicine, and for their aromatic properties. Herbs are either the leafy green or flowering parts of a plant.  Enter the rose.  Who would have thunk it? Although we have known that roses are edible for a long time, we never thought to wonder about their classification, until now.  And so, dear friends, a rose by any other name…is basically, an herb.

Helpful hints

Technically, all roses are edible, but that doesn’t mean that you should eat all roses.  Just like anything that you might consume, you need to make sure that it has not been tampered with in a way which makes it unsafe.  So, those long stemmed roses from the florist that you were given because you are so awesome…don’t eat those.  They were likely treated with stuff that makes roses look beautiful, but that won’t make you feel so great.  You can, however, ask your florist if they have edible roses.  Otherwise, any roses that you grow in your own garden, which you have left untreated, will do.  The general rule of thumb is that the more fragrant the rose, the more flavourful it will be.  Our parents have the most beautiful and incredible smelling pink roses in their garden, and it is these which are picked in order to make this lemonade.  Best rose picking happens in the morning, after the dew has dried off of the petals.  If you will not use them right away, store them in a container in the refrigerator.  They will stay fresh this way for at least a week.

Roses for Rose flavoured lemonade

The rose flavour in this lemonade is actually quite mild, which makes it a great way to introduce this herb (did you know that roses are herbs!?) into your diet.  If you would like a more pronounced rose flavour, simply increase the amount of rose petals that you use in your simple syrup.

Simple syrup is simply the combination of equal parts water and sugar, heated until the sugar dissolves.  This is the best way to sweeten cold beverages which would otherwise not dissolve the sugar.  It can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for at least a week.  The amount of simple syrup called for in this recipe makes a lemonade which is sweet, but not too sweet.  You can, of course, adjust the amount of syrup that you add, so that it suits your taste.

Edible Roses
Rose syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice
Rose syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice

Drinking lemonade with rose petals in it can be difficult, especially if you don’t want the petals ending up in your mouth as you sip.  We don’t mind that too much (we just munch on the soft petals), but you can always serve the drink with straws.  Petal problem solved. Alternatively, you can strain out the rose petals (party pooper).

The simple syrup which you will make for this lemonade is incredibly delicious.  After it is prepared and has cooled, dip a spoon into it for a taste.  This might inspire you to use this rose flavoured simple syrup in other ways!  We like to drizzle a bit of it onto plain yogourt and sometimes we pour just a tiny bit into a glass of sparking water.  If you make an extra batch of the syrup to experiment with, it will keep in the fridge for at least a week.

In need of other refreshing drink ideas? How about these?

Frappe coffee

Vanilla milkshake

Honeydew ouzo cocktail

Rose flavoured lemonade

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Rose flavoured lemonade
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Rose flavoured lemonade

Fresh lemonade flavoured with roses.
Total Time30 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Greek
Keyword: drinks,, lemonade,, summer recipes
Servings: 10 cups
Author: Mia Kouppa

Equipment

  • Large pitcher
  • medium saucepan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup (250 mL) water
  • 2 cups packed rose petals
  • 1 ½ cups (375 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 8 cups (64 fluid ounces) cold water
  • ice

Instructions

  • Pick through flower petals and remove any which are wilted or have brown edges.  Rinse them well.
    2 cups packed rose petals
  • Prepare simple syrup by combining 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar and the rose petals in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil and heat until sugar dissolves, stirring gently. Once sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool.  Inhale the beautiful smell.
    1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar, 1 cup (250 mL) water, 2 cups packed rose petals
  • Once the syrup has cooled, in a large pitcher combine 8 cups of cold water, freshly squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup, with the rose petals.  Stir well.
    8 cups (64 fluid ounces) cold water, 1 ½ cups (375 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Pour lemonade over ice and serve.
  • Enjoy!

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11 responses to “Rose flavoured lemonade (Λεμονάδα με τριαντάφυλλα)”

  1. olivesandfeta Avatar

    This is beautiful miacouppa. My yiayia had so many roses. It reminds me of her. 🌼🌼🌼🌼

    1. miakouppa Avatar

      We love it when our recipes bring up fond memories for people! Thank you for letting us know. ❤😀 It is a delightful, refreshing drink. Would love to hear how you like it if you give it a try 🙂

  2. foodzesty Avatar

    This is lovely!!! It should have a very interesting taste. 🙂

    1. miakouppa Avatar

      Thank you 🙂 It is interesting, and pretty mild, so it’s a great way to try incorporating roses into your diet. Hope you try it one day 🙂

      1. foodzesty Avatar

        Finding Roses I think is not an issue…alla stin lemonada mallon tolmiro :)…Thank you for sharing this recipe….:)

  3. a little Swiss, a little Canadian Avatar

    This looks so beautiful!! 💟🌹

  4. chefkreso Avatar

    Never used rose petals, sounds refreshing!

    1. miakouppa Avatar

      Hope you give them a try! This drink is very refreshing, and the rose petals give it an extra nice flavour 🙂

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    1. miakouppa Avatar

      Thank you so much for the shout out 🙂

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