Being I'm in love with roses (if you haven't figured that out already shame on you) and recently bought a nice rose syrup from Eataly in the city, I figured why not?
Regular lemonade, if made by hand, is tarty and refreshing but adding rose syrup and some sugar gives it a subtly sweeter taste. Plus the syrup adds a nice blushing color to the drink once it's mixed in.
The syrup I used was called Sciroppo di Rose, which literally translates into rose syrup and was produced by Dalpian, an Italian brand. I highly suggest it! If you can't get any online or go to Eataly to find some, rose water can be used as a substitute.
Sound good to you? Lets drink up!
You will need:
- 5 lemons
- 3- 10 tablespoons of rose syrup or rose water (This can vary- more = sweeter lemonade)
- 3 tablespoons of sugar (optional)
- A small strainer (I squeezed the lemons by hand so I used this to catch the pits)
- A wooden spoon
- A pitcher
- Cut all the lemons in half on a plate.
- Take the pitcher and fill it up with water. You can use tap or bottled, whichever you prefer.
- Place the strainer over the pitcher. Squeeze the lemon juice out of the lemons. Try to get as much juice as possible from each. NOTE: If you decide to do it this way it will probably make your hands sore so be prepared.
- Dump out the pits in the strainer. Remove strainer altogether and add 3 tablespoons of sugar to pitcher if you so desire. Mix well with wooden spoon (or any spoon you choose to use).
- Add 3-10 tablespoons of rose syrup, or rose water. This can vary depending on how sweet you want it to be. I would recommend adding at least 10 teaspoons if not more because the lemons will overpower the syrup.
- Mix well, add ice cubes and put in fridge for about an hour. Or, pour into a cup, add ice cubes and serve!
Well there you have it folks- super easy eh? I hope you enjoy it as much as my parents did. If you decide to give it a try, let me know in the comments section! Do you have your own favorite summer time drinks? Feel free to share!
Happy drinking. :)