Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Lavender Lemonade


The chilly, rainy week continues. Moments of sunshine as it peeks through the clouds cheer up the day. Today's the day that Venus will be passing between Earth and the Sun. The clouds are too thick in the sky for a peek at the sun. On the up-side of things, the lavender has started to bloom and it is so beautiful and fragrant! All we need is some sunny weather so it can be laid out to dry! In the meantime, how about a recipe for some delicious "lavender lemonade"?
Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

Cut fresh lavender and remove most of stem. Place about 1/2 cup of lavender flowers in a glass container and pour 2 cups of boiling water over top. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain using a mesh strainer or coffee filters. Combine this lavender infusion with 2 quarts of fresh lemonade. Sweeten with the sweet herb, stevia, for added flavor. Chill and serve over ice. Add a long stem of fresh lavender to the glass (like a straw) for a pretty effect. For sparkling lavender lemonade, add a splash of lemon or lime carbonated beverage or plain soda water.

For times when fresh lavender isn't available, cut some fresh lavender flowers and place in an ice cube tray. Cover with fresh water and freeze until ready to use.

7 comments:

  1. Lovely. How much Stevia do you use? I'm still trying to perfect that.

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  2. Love lavender lemonade! Today I made rosemary lemonade for a ladies group that was here for lunch. Basically the same recipe you shared, but using rosemary instead of lavender. Refreshing!

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  3. Oh my, La Tea Dah. Never heard of lavender lemonade. Quite unique. I'd like to try it. Nice flavor? Susan

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  4. Sound great...and the rosemary version sounds good too! We have Scottish version here...cram fresh dill into the glass of lemonade. Fun!

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  5. That lavender looks lovely. I'll have to try making lavender lemonade this year...

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  6. Enjoyed your post very much LaDonna. Just recently, I discovered two small, nearby lavender farms. One of them will be open to the public in July where lavender can be picked (for free!).

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  7. I was just looking at my lavender this morning and thinking very soon I should pick some and dry. Love this time of year. Your lemonade sounds delicious.

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