Lavender Lemonade is another way to use lavender, which is in full, glorious bloom all over our property right now. It's beautiful to look at, and it smells heavenly. But it's also useful in the kitchen sometimes, as well. Lavender is an herb, and like any herb, you can use it to flavour dishes. It has a sweet sour flavour similar to caraway seeds.
Culinary Lavender vs Ornamental Lavender
There is really no difference between culinary lavender and regular lavender. It's all edible. The concern is how it's been processed or grown. So you don't want to eat what's in those little sachets in your underwear drawer, or the potpourri jar. Because who knows where that came from? It's probably best not to use plants that are grown strictly for landscaping. Since they are grown just for ornamental purposes, they may have been treated with chemicals.
We grow all of our plants organically and never spray them, so we can eat them. If you don't have lavender in your garden, look for dried lavender labelled for culinary use, or buy an organically grown plant. Or find a friend who has a plant, and ask for a couple of sprigs. Then share a glass of lemonade with them. That's a pretty nice payoff, right?
Since lavender works especially well with lemon, I like to make lavender lemonade. Lemonade is the ultimate summer refreshment. And when you add lavender, that lemonade is extra special. A little goes a long way with lavender, and because of it's sweetness, I find I can use less sugar in my lemonade. And sugary drinks are not my thing, especially in the summer.
Squeezing lemons can be labour intensive for making lemonade. But I have a citrus juicer, which not only takes all the work out of it, but actually uses every drop of lemon juice. I love it. I use way less lemons for the same amount of juice. It also works for any citrus. Fresh squeezed orange juice, anyone? This one was a Christmas gift one year, but if you want to get one, it's an awesome ( and pretty inexpensive) addition to your kitchen gadgets! Cuisinart CCJ-500C Citrus Juicer
Lavender lemonade starts with a lavender infused simple syrup. The rest is your everyday lemonade, just fresh lemon juice and water. Add some vodka for an adult beverage. (When life gives you lemons….add vodka). And if you want to try more lavender in your kitchen, check out Lavender Yogurt Cake or Lavender Scones.
How to Make Lavender Lemonade
Lavender adds a lovely flavour note to homemade lemonade in this pretty, and refreshing drink.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 //2 cups water
- 6 sprigs lavender
- 2 cups fresh lemon juice (6-10 lemons, depending on size)
- 6 cups cold water
- Ice cubes
- Make the simple syrup: In a pot, combine sugar, water and lavender, stir and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool completely, steeping about 30 minutes after cooling.
- Strain and discard lavender.
- In a pitcher, combine the simple syrup, lemon juice, water and ice.
- Serve with lavender sprigs for garnish
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