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Make Your Own Rose Sherbet

Cover of Issue 18 A Magnificent Reign with red roses and lemons


As we approach summer, we wanted to share the perfect recipe for the hot months ahead. This one comes straight from our magazine about the Ottoman Empire, Issue 18 | A Magnificent Reign. By the 17th century, this sweet treat was a popular street food in Istanbul that people of all classes drank. And it’s the perfect summer drink to make with your kids today. 

Let’s make a cold glass of sherbet!



  • 2 red rose petals (make sure they are washed and clean)
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar (or honey)
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2.5 cups of water

Additional Tools

  • Pitcher or bowl
  • Strainer
  • Mortar and pestle (optional)


Recipe from Issue 18 with lemons, sugar, and roses


Sherbet can be made in a variety of different ways, but it usually contains fruits or flower petals. For this recipe, we are going to use roses. 


1. First, place the freshly washed rose petals and sugar in a bowl. This is a very sweet drink, so you can use less sugar if desired. 


2. Next, use your hand or a mortar to crush the petals into the sugar until they have broken down. This is the fun part! Kids will see the sugar turn into a lovely pink color. 

Sugar crushed with rose petals


3. Now, add the lemon juice and water to a pitcher or bowl. You can add more lemon juice to taste. 


4. Then, add the sugar and rose mixture and stir until all the sugar dissolves.


5. Cover the bowl or pitcher and leave in the refrigerator to cool. It’s best to leave for 4 hours so it gets nice and cold. 


6. After four hours, pour the juice through a strainer to get rid of the petals. Your sherbet is ready! Serve it in a glass with ice cubes.


Rose sherbet poured into glasses

Looking for more activities inspired by history? Check out our kids magazine! And if you're searching for fun treats to make with your kids, don't miss our book History is Delicious.