When I think about childhood summertimes, one of the details that sticks out is pitchers of pink lemonade. As the weather finally warms up, I know I’ll find myself craving all the refreshing summer drinks. It’s been many many years since I’ve had a cup of Countrytime, but the sun was shining this morning and pink lemonade sounded amazing. So between my herbalism endeavors, love for all things rose and sudden desire for lemonade, I felt inspired to recreate a pink lemonade that was free of artificial dyes, flavors and ingredients. Thus, today I bring you a super simple recipe for Ginger Rose Lemonade!
When Life Hands You Lemons and….
This recipe only involves 5 ingredients, one of which is water. So what are the other four? Just honey, ginger rhizome(root), dried rose petals and and lemon juice! It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with rose. I drink rose tea every single day, spray it on my face and I’m always looking for new ways to add it to recipes. Why do I love rose so much? It’s an incredibly calming and stress relieving herb, plus it supports our feminine energy! Not to mention, it’s incredibly delicious.
Ginger is another “herb” I use on a daily basis. My husband and I often drink a cup of ginger tea first thing in the morning. Ginger is great for fighting inflammation, supporting your body’s natural detoxification and aiding digestion. Lemon also helps with digestion and has a good amount of Vitamin C, which boosts the immune system.
Lastly, this lemonade is sweetened with raw honey. While processed honey tends to be void of any beneficial properties, raw honey is an incredibly powerful food. Studies have shown that raw honey can be anti-inflammatory, can help fight seasonal allergies, has antioxidant support, can help with sleep health, can be used as a prebiotic and so much more!
As you can see, this lemonade is a lot better than drinking a cup of fructose, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Artificial Color, Red 40, Red 40 Lake (WTF is that?!), amongt other things. So, when life gives you real lemons, ginger, rose, honey and water…
…Make Ginger Rose Lemonade!
Alright. I’ll admit, this recipe takes at least 45 minutes if you want a strong ginger flavor. First things first: you’ll simmer, or decoct, the ginger in the water for at least 25 minutes. Then you’ll pour the hot liquid (sans ginger) into a heat safe jar or pitcher and let cool for at least 10 minutes before added the rose petals and honey. I used about a 1/2 cup of rose petals and about 1.5 tbsp of raw honey. You an adjust the honey to make it more or less sweet. 1.5 tbsp was a nice medium amount of sweetness.
After you add the rose and honey, you’ll cover the jar and let the rose brew for about 10-15 minutes, adding the lemon last. Give the mixture a few good stirs. Once you add the lemon you should notice the color brighten up.
Strain out the rose petals and pour over ice if you want to drink immediately. Otherwise, leave it undiluted and chill it in the fridge before serving. If you want to make this an adult beverage, I’d suggest mixing it with gin or vodka and a splash of seltzer!
Ready to make your summertime dreams come true?
Ginger Rose Lemonade
a delicious pink lemonade free from artificial dyes and flavors!
- 4 cups filtered water
- 1 knob ginger rhizome, chopped About 3 inch knob
- 1/2 cup dried rose petals
- 1 medium lemon, juiced or about 1/4 cup lemon juice.
- 1-2 tbsp raw honey add more to preference
In a sauce pan, combine filtered water and chopped ginger. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Remove the pot from the heat and let cool for a couple minutes before pouring the liquid into a heat safe jar or pitcher (leave out the ginger).
Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes before adding the raw honey and rose petals. Cover and let brew for 10 minutes.
Add the lemon juice and stir well. Strain the rose out of the lemonade and place lemonade in the fridge to chill — or serve immediately over ice.
Drink the lemonade with in 5 days!
Excited to make this all summer? Me too, friend. Thank you so much for taking the time to check out this recipe and I hope a tall glass of pink lemonade feels just as reminiscent for you!
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Until next time, have a joy filled day!