When life hands you lavender...make lemonade
Oh French lavender, how I love thee... If I were the poet type, I would likely write a sonnet to this lovely herb. I am pretty much a sucker for anything lavender - essential oil, body care, even food! This recipe for lavender lemonade is perfect for when the temperature starts to climb. In Chinese nutrition, lemons are cooling, harmonizing, thirst-relieving and promotes fluids. Add in relaxing and calming lavender and you have a perfect summer drink!
- For the Lavender Syrup
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup agave nectar (or honey)
- 3 Tbsp dried culinary-grade French lavender (available HERE)
- For the Lemonade
- 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 4 cups water
- 1 lemon, sliced (for garnish)
- To make the lavender syrup, combine two cups of water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium high heat, bringing to a boil and whisking until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in agave nectar and dried lavender.
- Cover for about 15 minutes, allowing mixture to steep. Strain lavender, making sure to release all juices and syrup.
- In a large pitcher, combine freshly squeezed lemon juice, lavender mixture and water. Pour over ice or refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Enjoy!