How to Make Rosewater

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What if I told you that you could make the most gorgeous drink from roses?! If you don’t have a rosebush in your yard, grab a bouquet at the nearest grocery store!

I made this fancy, yet simple rosewater lemonade from the rose petals from our backyard and from rose petals from a bouquet on our table!

Rosewater has incredible benefits both by using topically and consuming internally. For starters, Rosewater contains antioxidants, has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, reduces skin redness, aids in digestion, contains vitamin A,  B, C, & E, and even reduces stress and boosts your mood!

This mocktail is so light and I love the bright pink/red color it produces! Serve it as punch for a Fourth of July gathering, at a tea party, birthday or any event and it will be a sensation!

Rosewater Lemonade Mocktail Recipe:


  • Rose petals (preferably pinks and reds)
  • 4 cups distilled water
  • 2 Tsp Citric acid
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed Lemon juice (about 7-8 lemons)
  • Sweetener to taste (about 1 cup)-I used Splenda
  • 1-2 cups of ice  
  • Additional cup of distilled water*

*If you want your rosewater more of a pale pink color, add more water and increase lemon juice by ½ cup.


I started by picking a generous amount of rose petals from our garden, and I got some rose petals from a floral arrangement I had. The rose petals filled my 5 cup pot about ¾ full.

Next, rinse off the petals and place them in a pot with 4 cups of distilled water.

Set the heat on low and let the rose petals simmer until their color has left the petals, about 30 minutes. By then, the rose petals will have lost their color, and the water is a dark red/pink color.

Add the Citric acid to act as a natural preservative to the rose water.

Take off heat and strain the petals from the rosewater. Allow to cool completely, then add the lemon juice, sugar or Splenda, ice and cup of water.

I left my rosewater a rich dark color, without diluting it. The rose taste is so elegant, and pairs perfectly with lemonade.

Give a good stir and voilà! A refreshing drink for any occasion.


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