I heard rave reviews from a friend about lavender lemonade a few weeks ago, so when I was looking for an iced beverage to serve (it was like 85F that day, I figured not everyone would want hot tea!) I knew I had to try it. My lavender is not in bloom yet, so I begged my friend Kacie, who works in a natural food store, to get me dried lavender flowers. Making the syrup concentrate is easy, only slightly more complex than brewing a large pot of tea. Then chill and mix with water and lemon juice – voila!
“Not too sweet, not too sour… just too pink!”
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Lavender Simple Syrup
1 C water
1 C sugar
3 rounded tablespoons dried lavender flowers (or 1 C fresh)
Combine sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat and continue to boil gently for a minute or two. Add lavender, stir, turn off heat and cover. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator.
To make the lemonade, we tinkered with proportions a bit until we were happy with the balance of sweetness, flower and lemon. Here’s what we came up with.
1 3/4 C lemon juice
2 C lavender syrup
Enough cold water and ice to make 1 gallon of lemonade.