Sparkling Chrysanthemum Tea Lemonade

We’ve taken two favourite drinks for the patio — lemonade and iced tea — and brought them together with a floral and fizzy twist! Chrysanthemum tea is naturally sweet with a mild flowery flavour. Mixed with fresh lemon juice, it’s incredibly refreshing and overflowing with spring and summer flavours. Add a bit of sparkle, and you’ve got an instant classic you’ll want again and again.

Prep Time
15 minutes
1 hour and 15 minutes chilling time
Cook Time
2 minutes
Sparkling chrysanthemum tea lemonade in a glass and a glass pitcher, served with lemon slices and chrysanthemum sprigs and flowe

Medium heavy-bottomed saucepan (with lid)

Scale OR dry measuring cups

Heatproof spatula

Liquid measuring cup

Measuring spoons

Fine mesh sieve

Pitcher (8 to 10 cup capacity)

Wooden spoon OR long-handled stirring spoon

Tall drinking glasses x 6 (12 oz glasses)

6 servings
  • 2 cups (500 ml) water
  • ¾ cup (150 g) Redpath Simply Raw™ Turbinado Sugar
  • 2 pcs (4 g) lemon zest, wide strips
  • 3 tbsp (9 g) dried food-grade chrysanthemum flowers OR looseleaf whole bud chrysanthemum tea
  • 1½ cups (375 ml) lemon juice, preferably freshly squeezed (8 to 10 lemons), chilled
  • 2 cups (500 ml) club soda OR sparkling water, chilled
Garnish (optional):
  • Lemon wheels or slices
  • Wide strips of lemon zest
  • Chrysanthemum flowers (food grade), fresh or dried

Step 1

In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine water, the Redpath Simply Raw™ Turbinado Sugar, and lemon zest. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar; 2 minutes.

Step 2

Remove from heat and add the chrysanthemum tea. Cover the pot with a lid and allow to steep; 5 to 10 minutes (see Chef’s Tips).

Step 3

Strain the sweetened tea mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large serving pitcher (see Chef’s Tips). Allow mixture to cool to room temperature; 15 minutes. Place into the fridge to chill; at least 1 hour.

Step 4

Remove the large pitcher from the fridge. Pour in the chilled lemon juice. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon to thoroughly mix. Add 1 cup of ice (more ice can be added later if a more diluted lemonade is preferred). Top pitcher off with the club soda (or sparkling water).

Fill individual glasses with ice, fill with the sparkling chrysanthemum tea lemonade, and garnish with lemon and/or chrysanthemum flowers.

Two glasses of sparkling chrysanthemum tea lemonade on a marble tray, served with lemon slices and chrysanthemum sprigs and flowers