Recipe: Rosewater Lemonade

For some, the season of flip flops is over, now replaced by the steady clickety-clack of school shoes on polished linoleum. For others, school is nothing more than a faint memory, farther yet than the setting sun’s shimmering rays upon which our dreams cling.

Either way, Rosewater Lemonade will put a smile where you need it most.

For the back-to-schoolers, this drink represents everything easy-breezy; a way to go global, even in the midst of lost backpacks, homework, and forgotten lunches. Each sip will take you to the middle east and Oman, where Rosewater Lemonade is a cherished treat. For those who cling to the distant memory of schoolyard days, this is your ticket to the lost joys of youth.

Each sip tastes like a thousand roses bathing in fresh squeezed sunlight.


Now, here’s the deal. This time of year I have too many paper cuts to squeeze my own lemonade.

If you find yourself in the same position, I have a sneaky trick for you.

Add several slices of fresh lemon to each cup of store-bought lemonade and the drink will transform from dull to bright. The result will taste so much like fresh squeezed, you won’t regret the shortcut.

Serves 2-4


4 cups fresh lemonade
1/4 cup rose water
1 lemon, sliced in thin half moons


Find a quiet little spot in Oman to enjoy your drink. Perhaps while perched in the shade of a million stones.

Jabrin Wall (World Heritage Site in Oman). Photo by F igy.

Splash a bit of rose water (found at Indian and Middle Eastern markets) on your wrists and another bunch …

… in your lemonade.

Watch the romance sweet over whoever you give the drink to.

I’m not sure when he put the rose behind the ear, but I wasn’t going to let the moment pass by without a photo.

Hey there, blue eyes! I’m into you.

The end.

P.S. This has to be the quickest way to stovetop travel in the history of Global Table. I do hope you give it a go.

P.P.S. If you shut your eyes really tight, each sip will transport you to the heart of your greatest longings. When my eyes shut I went, of course, to my sweetest dream: a home on the sea.

Sawadi, Oman. Photo by Andries Oudshoorn.

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  1. Hey there Son-In-Law…didn’t realize you have blue eyes….neat!


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