Saturday, July 12, 2014

Refreshing Lavender Lemonade

lavender lemonade

The weather forecast says 90ยบ in Seattle for this week...yes in Seattle! Here is a refreshing
Lemonade recipe with lavender to cool you off a hot summer day.  I actually prefer lavender leaves to the flowers; the herbaceous camphor like flavor compliments the lemon  and give the drink a super fresh taste instead of a sweet flowery taste. I also love lemonade with mint, rosemary or a combination. You can adapt the recipe easily to use with Crystal Lite or Costco makes a great lemonade you can add the herbal mixture to! I like to add berries for color.

 Lavender Lemonade

6-8 sprigs lavender flowers with stems
1 1/2 cups boiling water
3/4–1 cup white sugar (depending on desired sweetness)
Handful of blueberries or raspberries for color if desired
10 lemons
2 Tbsp. water
6 cups cold water

Place lavender and berries in a bowl,  pour boiling water over and steep for 5 minutes. Strain the lavender, stir the sugar into the lavender water to dissolve, then pour into a pitcher over ice. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice into the pitcher, add cold water and stir.  Adjust sweetness and lemon strength accordingly. Garnish with a few fresh lavender sprigs, a berry and enjoy!

herbal lemonade

Do you have a favorite lemonade recipe? Comments welcomed :)