Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade

This spring I planted some lavender, and I had been anxiously awaiting for it to grow enough to use it in a recipe.  I finally got to try it in a batch of Lavender Lemonade-hooray! I love how beautiful this lemonade is, and how easy it is to mix up. The perfect drink to enjoy the patio on these lovely summer evenings. The recipe is very flexible, so please make it your own.  Enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 pitcher of your favorite lemonade
  • 6 fresh lavender stems
  • 2 oranges, juiced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1 stem of lavender per glass to be used as garnish
INSTRUCTIONS:
Warm up 1pitcher of your favorite lemonade on the stove top until it’s hot, but not boiling.  Remove from heat and add 6 fresh lavender stems.  Let the lavender flavor infuse into the lemonade.  When it has cooled, remove the lavender stems.  I like to add fresh citrus to my lemonade, but you can skip this step–add the juice of 2 oranges, 2 limes, and 2 lemons.  Stir, pour over ice, and add a fresh lavender stem to each glass as garnish.
Some ideas to change up the recipe: I made my lemonade with coconut water because I’ve been obsessed with coconut flavor lately.  Probably because it reminds me of the tropical vacay I’ve been daydreaming about!  You could also make your own ice cubes with bits of fresh lavender, or citrus slices as a nice pop of color and added flavor.  Adding vodka would make a nice cocktail as well.  Enjoy!
© Terri Demarest Photography

 

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