Her Lush Lavender Lemonade…
31 May, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Written by: Leslie
Written by: Leslie Means
Last week after I read Rachel’s gorgeous herb post, I found myself hankering for a glass of lavender lemonade.
There were several reason for this urge.
1. It’s lemonade season and my girls/husband love it (plus, lemonade and vodka make a tasty adult drink, too!)
2. It looked ‘fancy’ and even though I often wear sweatpants with holes in them I do have the “fancy gene” in my blood.
3. In my 30 years of existence, I have never tasted “real” lemonade. OK – maybe I have, but I don’t recall.
Now I won’t lie to you. Is it easier to fill a pitcher with water and scoop in a pre-mixed lemonade blend? You Bet! Is it cheaper to fill a pitcher with water and scoop in a pre-mixed lemonade blend? Of course! Is it cleaner to fill a pitcher with water and scoop in a pre-mixed lemonade blend? Yeppers! Is it smarter to fill a pitcher with water and scoop in a pre-mixed lemonade blend? Probably.
OK – why did I do this again? Oh that’s right – because real lemonade is SPECTACULAR!
I did have to call my mother for advice before starting this project. Reason being, I couldn’t find dried lavender anywhere in town! (I even sent Kyle out looking – poor guy!) Instead, I purchased live lavender from our local Walmart then simply pulled off several sprigs (is that what they are called? That seems fancy), popped them in the oven on low heat for about 5 minutes…
and made my own dried herbs! Thanks for the tip, mom!
I also had to hand squeeze 10 lemons because I don’t own a squeeze thing. I also do not own cheese cloth (or whatever the sifter thing is called) so I used a light towel instead.
Whatever I did, worked. It was the most glorious lemonade I have ever tasted. Even though Kyle thought it was just “OK” (he said I was a bit dramatic with my explanation. Me?! Dramatic?!) I thought it was delicious! My girls loved it too!
The best part, if you’re prepared and have all the ingredients on hand, it should not take you long to make it. I have my lavender plant ready to go next time I get a hankering for the best lemonade I’ve ever tasted!
P.S. I didn’t get a chance to put any alcohol into this drink as my girls and I drank it all within 1 day! Oooh – but I bet it would be tasty as an adult drink. Might be a fun one to try this Memorial Day Weekend!!
P.P.S. My floor still has sticky spots on it from leftover lemon juice that went bonkers while squeezing 10 lemons. I highly suggest using a juicer of some kind. That has to make life easier.
Her Spectacular Lavender Lemonade
(slightly adapted from allrecipes.com)
- ice cubes
- 1/4 cup dried lavender
- 2 cups boiling water
- 3/4 cup white sugar (more or less for your taste)
- 8-10 large lemons
- Honey (optional)
- 5 cups cold water, or as needed
- Place ice cubes into a 2 quart pitcher. Place the lavender into a bowl, and pour boiling water over it. Allow to steep for about 10 minutes, then strain out the lavender and discard. Mix the sugar into the hot lavender water, then pour into the pitcher with the ice.
- Squeeze the juice from the lemons into the pitcher, getting as much juice as you can. Top off the pitcher with cold water, and stir. Taste, and adjust lemon juice or sugar if desired.
(First posted 5/22/2012)