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Pink Gin Lemonade with Saffron & Rosewater Syrup Recipe

This post is part of a partnership with Mountain Rose Herbs. All opinions are my own. You can learn more about my favorite purveyor of organic herbs & spices here.

Pink Gin Lemonade is the perfect spring cocktail and this one is made extra special with a luxurious saffron and rosewater simple syrup!

Pink gin a category of flavored gin characterized by a pretty pink hue and flavors of fruit, berries, herbs, and/or flowers. This recipe uses a strawberry pink gin, but any pink gin will work beautifully.

What is pink gin?

Originally Pink Gin referred to a type of cocktail involving gin and Angostura bitters (which turned the cocktail a lovely shade of pink). Today the term usually applies to a wide variety of pink colored gins flavored with botanicals like rhubarb, raspberry, gooseberry, and strawberry.

Pink gin is a fun way to spike some fresh, homemade lemonade, but to elevate things further, I decided to incorporate the exquisite flavors of saffron and rose as well.


My go-to shop for herbs and spices like saffron is Mountain Rose Herbs. If you haven’t browsed their amazing selection of herbs online before, you’re missing out!

When I was still creating skin care products, I bought many of my ingredients there because of the quality and the huge selection. So naturally, when I began using herbs in my cocktail creations, Mountain Rose Herbs was the first place I turned for inspiration. You can find their certified organic saffron here.

What does saffron taste like?

It seems everyone has their own interpretation of what saffron tastes like. To me, it’s earthy, with a slight bitter edge that reminds me of turmeric, but with an unusual floral, honeyed sweet note and a certain complexity that’s hard to describe.

Some people apparently also get a metallic sort of taste, but I definitely don’t get any of that. I read somewhere that someone described it as tasting like ‘yellow’, and although that’s about as abstract as you can get, I kind of have to agree!


Varying taste descriptors aside, the history of this super expensive spice is even more interesting. Cultivated for more than 3,000 years, saffron is the dried stigma of a type of crocus flower (crocus sativus).

It was first cultivated in Greece and has been used throughout the ages and throughout many different civilizations as a spice, dye, perfume, and even as medicine. The priciest spice in the world is pricy for a reason – it takes 150 crocuses to harvest just 1 gram of saffon threads.

That’s a lot of flowers! Fortunately a little goes a long way, and my saffron and rosewater syrup recipe below only needs a pinch.

Today’s syrup recipe is a bit different than most syrup recipes on the internet in that there are no pots or pans required.

This syrup is what I would call a hot to cold infusion, where we pour boiling water over our botanicals like we would with tea, and then let them steep while cooling.

There are delicate aromatic compounds in saffron that we want to preserve in our final syrup, so rather than heating the mixture on the stove and bringing it to a rip-roaring boil, we’re going to let this syrup infuse gently at a lower temperature for a longer period of time.

How to make the saffron and rose syrup

Saffron and rose create a unique and luxurious flavor profile that is aromatic, exotic, and undeniably floral.

Saffron’s earthy, slightly sweet, and honey-like floral notes add a rich depth of flavor and a vibrant golden color. Rose contributes a delicate floral sweetness with subtle hints of spice. Its flavor is quintessentially flowery and, in my opinion, the perfect flavor for spring!


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 15-20 saffron threads
  • 2 tsp rosewater

To begin, select a large heat safe measuring cup or heat safe bowl. Measure out 1 cup of white sugar and a pinch of saffron threads (about 15-20 is all you need) and add them your measuring cup.

You may also enjoy my Rose Simple Syrup Recipe


Boil one cup of water and pour it over the sugar and saffron. Quickly stir to dissolve the sugar before the water cools off. Once the sugar is dissolved, allow the mixture to sit, covered, for at least 1 hour, to infuse.


When your infusion is done, add 2 tsp of rosewater to the syrup and stir well. Use a fine mesh strainer to strain out the saffron threads and pour the syrup into a bottle or jar for storage. Keep in the refrigerator and use within 3 weeks. For a longer shelf life, you can add 1-2 oz of vodka or grain alcohol.


Now that you have an insanely delicious, ultra luxurious cocktail syrup, it’s time for a cocktail recipe!


Saffron & Rosewater Pink Gin Lemonade


  • 1.5 oz pink gin
  • .75 oz saffron & rosewater syrup
  • .75 oz lemon juice
  • Sparkling water

Add the first three ingredients to a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.

Top with sparkling water and give a gentle stir. Garnish with a garden rose, saffron threads, and fruit, if desired. Cheers!


More spring cocktail and syrup recipes:

rocks glass with lemonade and strawberry slices garnished with a pink rose.

Saffron Rose Gin Lemonade

Amy Traynor
This luxurious spring cocktail recipe mixes pink gin with a homemade saffron and rosewater simple syrup.
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Prep Time 3 minutes
Steep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 3 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail


For the cocktail:

  • oz pink gin
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • ¾ oz saffron and rosewater simple syrup

For the Saffron and Rose Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp rosewater
  • 15 saffron threads


For the cocktail:

  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill it 3/4 with ice.
  • Shake until chilled, then strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
  • Top with chilled sparkling water and garnish with rose petals or strawberries.

For the Saffron and Rosewater Simple Syrup

  • Add the sugar and saffron to a heat safe jar or measuring cup.
  • Boil the water and pour it over the sugar and saffron.
  • Stir to dissolve all the sugar, then cover and let steep for 1 hour.
  • Remove the saffron threads and stir in the rosewater.
  • Store the finished syrup in a clean glass bottle or jar in the fridge for up to three weeks.
Keyword gin, lemonade, rosé, saffron, simple syrup
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Recipe Rating

Margo Gabriel

Monday 2nd of July 2018

Hi Amy!

Great recipe! I can't wait to try it! I love anything gin-related so your posts are stellar!! Keep up the great content!