About ten years ago, at a cute local cafe, I came across a delicious drink: lavender lemonade. I immediately went home, searched the internet for recipes, and after trying a few different ones, I’ve landed on my favorite. And since my mom has a very generous lemon tree in her backyard, and I have 3 huge lavender bushes, we are a match made in libation heaven! When the temperatures rise, as they are right about now, mix up a pitcher of this refreshing drink, and hit the shade.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup (a generous handful) fresh or 1 tablespoon dried lavender blooms stripped from stems
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Ice cubes
- Lavender sprigs for garnish
- Combine sugar with 2 1/2 cups water in a medium pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
- Add the lavender blooms to the sugar water, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand at least 20 minutes (and up to several hours).
- Strain mixture and discard lavender. Pour infusion into a glass pitcher. Add lemon juice and 2 1/2 cups water. Stir well and watch lemonade change color.
- Pour into tall glasses half-filled with ice or refrigerate until ready to use.
Makes 1 small pitcher