Recipe: Lavender Lemonade
My English Lavender is in full bloom at the moment, which is the perfect time to make Lavender Lemonade. Bees love lavender, why not you?
After creating it a year ago, this has become one of my favorite summer time drinks. The bold herbal lavender sophistication counteracts the tart lemon wonderfully, and brings a unique and beautiful color to your glass. The lavender blooms make a gorgeous garnish, but this lemonade can be made even when lavender is not in bloom.
Lavender Lemonade Recipe
- 10 cups water
- Large handful lavender stocks and blooms, roughly 2 cups pushed down
- 6 large lemons, juiced (about 1.5 cups juice)
- 1 cup sugar
Thoroughly rinse lavender and remove leaves and flower stalks from woody branch. You should have roughly 2 cups when placed in a measuring cup. Set aside.
Place water in a stock pot and bring to a boil. Add lavender, cover, and turn off heat. Allow to steep for at least an hour, preferably longer, or until water has cooled.
Remove lavender from water and discard. Pour water through a strainer into a large pitcher.
Juice the lemons and add juice to the pitcher. Add the sugar, Mix well. Chill until cold.
Pour into tall glasses and place a lavender flower stalk into each glass to garnish.
Recipe by Jothan Yeager, July, 2010
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