Yellow Sweet Clover Lemonade (Melilotus officinalis)

Yellow Sweet Clover Lemonade (Melilotus officinalis)

Today I made a delicious homemade summer lemonade with sweet clover flowers. Yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis) – which is also called yellow melilot, king’s clover, common melilot, honey clover and ribbed melilot – is a tall herb which grows on wastelands, blooms in July and has a sweet coumarin flavor.


  • handful yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 l water (I used tap water as it’s safe to drink where I live)

Stir the sugar into the water. Add the sweet clover flowers and infuse the lemonade overnight in the fridge.

 Yellow sweet clover, yellow melilot, king's clover, common melilot, honey clover recipe

The lemonade has a wonderful sweet coumarin flavor. I’d say it tastes even better than sweet woodruff lemonade – and I love woodruff! 😉 I’ll definitely make this lemonade again! 😀

How to find yellow sweet clover

The sweet clover is about 4 – 6 feet/ 1.2 – 1.8 m high.  It usually grows on wastelands, roadsides, railroad embankments, landfills and quarries. It begins to bloom in June or July. The flowers smell sweet and the leaves look like longer clover leaves.

The white melilot (Melilotus albus) is even more common and therefore easier to find. This white sweet clover is also edible, but it mightn’t taste as sweet.

Here you’ll find my recipe for homemade elderflower cordial and homemade rose water hydrosol.

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