Last year, I finally planted lavender in my yard and I am loving it. I will run my hands through the bush and just rub it on my arms it's so delicious! I dried it for the winter and used it in an occasional bread or muffin, but my favorite thing of all is Lavender Lemonade. Adding lavender to a bright sugary drink is probably not what you would usually think of when thinking of the calming properties of this plant but the combination is delightful! The light floral touch that the lavender gives the citrusy lemon tones down the drink and makes it even more refreshing. Plus, who can resist fresh squeezed lemonade?!
I make this for parties in big batches and it always goes so fast. When it's gone I put out a powdered mix of lemonade and I always feel guilty because the flavors are so different people don't really want to drink the lemonade anymore and I end up with a jug of powdery mix ... blah! I think I need to just say no more lemonade when the lavender runs out! When will I learn?
If you're not growing lavender yet, please start. Lavender plants are perennials and can withstand a lot of conditions but they like well-drained soil and full sun. A good plant can last around 10 years! It doesn't get that big so it's easy to find a place to squeeze it in your yard. People do grow them as a container plant too and bring them in the house in the winter. This will take a little more love but I think it's worth it. The more I think, the more I think I need to buy another container! I'll keep you posted! As for now, I hope you enjoy your lemonade.
Makes 2 1/2 cups
Fresh Lavender Lemonade
1 c water
5 or 6 sprigs of lavender; if you are using dried start with 1 teaspoon. You may have to adjust this depending on the potency of your lavender.
1/3 c sugar
1/3 c fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 1/4 ice cold water
In a sauce pan, bring to boil sugar, 1 c of water and lavender. Mix it around, helping the sugar dissolve. Once the sugar has dissolved, place it in the fridge to cool down.
When you're ready, add your lemon juice and more ice cold water. Enjoy!!