Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade
I’m celebrating the “Summer of Lavender” all summer long here on the blog thanks to the tin of culinary lavender I bought from Pelindaba Lavender! (Lets just ignore that it’s technically still spring. I think we all want it to be summer already!) If you missed my previous post, you’re gonna want to check out these incredibly fragrant Lavender Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies I baked a couple weeks ago.

As I was plotting my “Summer of Lavender” sequel, I thought “what epitomizes summer?” and it hit me like a tart, juicy wave: lemonade! Who didn’t try to make a few quarters with a summer lemonade stand when they were kids?! The idea was hatched… lavender-infused lemonade.

IDEA ALERT: What a chic way to elevate your lemonade for summer baby/wedding showers, birthdays and barbecues!
Lavender strainThe process of infusing lavender into your lemonade is actually quite easy. To make the base, boil 2 cups of water and 3/4 cups of sugar, then steep with 1 tablespoon of dried lavender for 10-15 minutes. (To order culinary lavender products Click Here.)

Strain your infused simple syrup into a pitcher.  Pro Tip: If you don’t have a strainer, use a rubber band to attach a coffee filter to the top of a pitcher, then poured the water. The filter catches all of the dried lavender so it doesn’t make it into the finished product!

The end result is a cool, refreshing summer drink with an exotic hint of lavender that you’ll want to sip on the patio, roofdeck or hammock all summer long! (I might even sneak in a shot of vodka to make a fun adult beverage!)
Lavender Lemonade 2

INGREDIENTS
2 cups boiling water
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon dried lavender
2 cups of cold water
1 cup of lemon juice, I used RealLemon brand, 100% lemon juice
Lemon slices for garnish
Ice cubes

PREP
1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add sugar and stir to dissolve. Remove water from heat.
2. Add dried lavender to the water. Allow to steep for 10-15 minutes.
3. Strain lavender-infused sugar water into a pitcher (see the coffee filter technique above)
4. Add cold water, lemon juice and ice cubes to pitcher. Stir.
5. Refrigerate for an hour.
6. When ready to serve, garnish with lemon slices and add more ice.

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