Rosewater Limeade Recipe

Rosewater LimeadeRosewater Limeade is one of my favorite drinks to make in the summer.  The rosewater elevates the simple  inexpensive lime and sugar drink into something elegant.

I make my Rosewater Limeade recipe a little heavier on the limes than many homemade limeade recipes.  This enables the lime flavor to hold strong against rapidly melting ice in the summer heat.  The addition of rosewater in the recipe smooths out the rough edges of the puckery lime a bit, so it is still quite palatable from the first sip.

Where do I get rosewater?

I usually order my rosewater online, but is more readily available in markets, than you might expect.  It is popular in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine, as well as in European countries with strong Islamic influence.  Thus the ethnic section is a great place to start, you may find Rosewater sold as  Agua de Rosa, in the Spanish section.  Rosewater can also be found in the beauty section, but be cautious in purchasing there, and check the label carefully to ensure it is food safe.

Rosewater Limeade recipe

Rosewater Limeade
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Rosewater Limeade is an elegant but easy beverage. A refreshing and exotic addition to your summer entertaining menu.
  • 2 cups fresh lime juice (approximately 8-10 limes, depending on size and efficiency of squeezing)
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 3 tbs rosewater
  • 8 cups water
  • **optional** add rose petals* and sliced rind of 1-2 limes for visual interest in jug and glasses
  1. Squeeze the limes into a large measuring cup, until you have enough juice.
  2. Add sugar and rosewater.
  3. Combine with water in large jug or drink dispenser.
  4. Stir well. Top with lime slices and rose petals if you like and add some ice.
Do not use any old florist roses. They are likely to have a heavy dose of pesticide. If you grow roses in your garden and don't use pesticide, that is a perfect source. Organic roses are also available through some florists.



  1. says

    This sounds really refreshing. I’ve never used Rosewater before or noticed it in the store, I’ll have to look for it!

  2. says

    I have that exact same rose water but i was using it as an ingredient in natural perfume.

  3. says

    Likely not as healthy as yours but I just saw that Torani has come out with a bar line that includes Rose syrup – I wonder what it would be like using that in the recipe…

  4. says

    Perfect for a shower or tea. We have roses in the yard that we don’t spray.

  5. says

    I’ve never tried rose water but this looks delicious and such a pretty presentation!

  6. says

    I’ve never used rosewater before, but will be on the lookout for it, now. It sure does look refreshing!

  7. Jennifer says

    Oh this looks so refreshing! I just made a Strawberry limeade, I have never used rosewater in anything. Now I have to try it!

  8. says

    I’ve never had rosewater, but now I’d like to try some. This sounds so refreshing!

  9. says

    I’ve never tried rosewater but this looks great! My good friend’s husband is Middle Eastern and they are always going to a local ethnic market for ingredients. I’ll have to ask her to see if they have any available.

  10. says

    That sounds just lovely–and I happen to have a bottle of rosewater on hand.

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