When life gives you roses, I say, “Make lemonade!” Yep, Dear Readers, I have been been busy creating, testing and tasting just for you. I recently made rose jelly, distilled rose water and used the petal cooking water to make a hair tonic and a delicious drink. Nothing is going to waste! It was while making the rose jelly the idea came to me to make Rosey Lemonade.
The rose petal cooking water that is left over from making distilled rose water is this vibrant shade of pink, as shown in the photo. I thought to myself, self, I wonder if that would be nice with lemon; after all, fresh lemon juice is an ingredient in rose jelly. Guess what? My hunch was spot on! Rose water is an excellent (and gorgeous) base for lemonade!
Here is how to make Mary’s Rosey Lemonade:
Simply strain the rose petal cooking water through a fine mesh strainer that is lined with a coffee filter. To that warm water add sugar to taste and a tiny pinch of fine sea salt. Fill a glass halfway with ice and add the juice of half a lemon, 2 shots of citron (yep this drink is for adults) and fill the glass with the rose cooking water. Stir and try not drink in one go! I dare you!
*Rose petal cooking water and (distilled) rose water are NOT the same thing. This recipe is made with rose petal cooking water that’s why it’s that beautiful shade of pink and my roses are pesticide free, of course. Please
share in the comments section if you give my Rosey Lemonade recipe a try!
Avid home cook and passionate instructor