I love growing lavender in my garden! Not only does it look and smell beautiful, but it also attracts bees to the rest of my plants. I’m making the most of these last few weeks of summer with this refreshing twist on lemonade. My recipe is invigorating and crisp but also relaxing since it contains lavender.
Here in Northern California, we’ve seen some record high temps! If you’ve been experiencing sweltering summer heat like we have, this cooling drink will hit the spot! Both lavender and lemons grow in abundance here in my backyard.
Here’s how to make this lavender-infused lemonade:
- 1 cup raw honey
- 5 cups water
- 1 Tbsp. dried lavender (or 1/4 cup fresh lavender blossoms, crushed)
- 1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice, strained
- Ice cubes
- Fresh lemons to garnish if desired
- Lavender sprigs to decorate your drink
- Bring 2 1/2 cups of water to boil in a medium pan
- Remove pan from heat and add honey. Stir to dissolve.
- Add the lavender to the water. Cover, and steep for at least 20 minutes. You can steep for several hours; it’s just a matter of preference. For easier cleanup, try putting the lavender into a tea infuser.
- Strain mixture and discard the lavender
- Pour into a glass pitcher
- Add lemon juice and about another 2 1/2 cups of cold water. Stir well.
- Pop it into your fridge until you’re ready to drink it. Or, pour into tall glasses, add ice, and garnish with lavender sprigs and lemon slices if you’d like.
- Sit on your porch a spell and enjoy!
This home-brewed lemonade will quench your thirst with a refreshing, distinctive taste and plenty of Vitamin C!