Sharbat-e Golab (Rose and Lime Sharbat)

You can make a concentrated syrup, but I prefer to prepare the simple syrup and add the fresh lime juice and rose water directly to the pitcher for a fresher taste.

  • By Naz Deravian
  • March 15, 2019
Image Author: Eric Wolfinger
  • Yield: Serves 6


¼ cup sugar

⅓ cup fresh lime juice (about 2 juicy limes)

2 tbsp rose water (plus more as needed)

Fresh mint leaves (optional)

Lime slices (optional)

Rose petals, fresh or dried (optional)


In a small saucepan, combine sugar and ¾ cup water over medium-high heat. Stir and simmer until sugar completely dissolves and comes up just to a quick boil (3 to 5 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside to cool. At this point you can store the simple syrup in a covered glass jar in the fridge until ready to use. 

In a large pitcher, combine simple syrup, lime juice, 6 cups water and rose water. Stir, taste and add more water and rose water if necessary. Chill in fridge for a few hours. Stir well, and garnish with mint leaves, lime slices and rose petals (if using). Serve over ice.

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