An easy recipe for refreshing lavender lemonade. It's so simple but so elegant! The perfect drink for summer, Mother's Day, or a baby or bridal shower.
1tablespoondried lavender flowers
1 1/2cupsfreshly squeezed lemon juice— (5 to 8 lemons, depending on size)
Additional lemon slices— optional for garnish
Fresh lavender sprigs— optional for garnish
Place the lavender and sugar in a small saucepan. Off the heat, rub them together with your fingers for a minute or so, until the lavender smells very fragrant. Add 1 cup water to the sugar and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir to dissolve sugar. Remove the pan from the heat cover, and allow to steep for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Strain the syrup into a serving pitcher.
To the pitcher, add the fresh lemon juice and remaining 4 cups water. Stir together, then chill until nice and cold. Serve over ice, garnished with additional lemon slices or fresh lavender springs.
Lavender syrup can be stored in a tight jar for several weeks in the refrigerator. Feel free to double the lavender syrup in this recipe, then use the extra in all kinds of fun ways: mixed with club soda (with or without vodka), drizzled over ice cream, to soak a pound cake, or in champagne.