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Lavender Lemonade

Patricia Reitz

Who loves lavender?  Not only does it smell wonderful - it tastes great too, but it's very strong so you have to be careful not to use too much.  Here, dried lavender buds are gently steeped in hot water to make a tea which is then combined with water and freshly squeezed lemon juice to make this refreshing lavender lemonade.

how to make lavender lemonade - recipe and how-to photos

The ingredients needed are pretty simple, fresh lemons, water, sugar, and dried lavender.  If you grow your own lavender, you can dried the buds yourself, otherwise they're pretty easy to find online (this is what I purchased).


Gorgeous lemons!!!

Lavender lemonade recipe

We need a lot of freshly squeezed lemon juice (don't even think about using the stuff in a bottle!).  You can squeeze the juice by hand (this is my favorite style for manual squeezing), but for large jobs, I love using my electric juicer.  Sadly, this one is no longer made, but there are plenty of similar models available online (here).


Over high heat, combine some of the water with the sugar. 


Stir the sugar until it dissolves.


Bring the mixture to a boil.

recipe for lavender lemonade - how-to photos and recipe

Turn off the heat and add the dried lavender flowers; steep for 10 minutes.

How long to steep lavender to make lemonade - recipe and how-to photos.

After 10 minutes, strain the lavender out and discard.  Add the remaining water and freshly squeezed lemon juice and serve over ice.


Oh, and here's a tip - store the empty lemon halves in the freezer.  Whenever you need lemon zest, grab a frozen half and run it over a microplane grater.  You'll never be without lemon zest again! 

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Items used to make this recipe:

Lavender Lemonade

makes 8 servings


  • 8 cups water, divided

  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar (or more to taste)

  • 2 tablespoons dried lavender

  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • optional: a drop or two of blue or purple food coloring

  • garnish: lemon slices and fresh lavender petals


  1. In a large saucepan, bring 2 cups of water and sugar to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves.

  2. Remove from heat and stir in dried lavender; steep for 10 minutes.

  3. Strain lavender from mixture and discard.

  4. Place lavender-infused water in large pitcher; add remaining water, lemon juice, optional food coloring and stir well.

  5. Serve over ice.

Freshly Squeezed Lemonade

Patricia Reitz

You are only 3 ingredients away from freshly squeezed lemonade - one of life's simple pleasures.  

Start by combining water and sugar in a saucepan.

Heat gently and stir to dissolve sugar.


When the water changes from cloudy to clear, the sugar is dissolved.  Remove from the heat.

Cut a bunch of fresh lemons (I used 10).  

Here's a tip:  cold lemons don't like to give up all their juice so make sure your lemons are room temperature or slightly war before juicing.  You can warm them by covering with warm water or pop each one in the microwave for 10-20 seconds until warm.  Rolling the lemons on the counter using moderate pressure before squeezing helps as well.   


Time to juice those lemons - an electric lemon juicer makes very quick work of it.  This kind of handheld juicer also works well.  


Pour the remaining water, lemon juice, and sugar/water mixture into a large pitcher and mix well to combine.  Serve over ice.  

Items used to make this recipe:

Freshly Squeezed Lemonade

makes 8 servings


  • 8 cups water, divided

  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar (or more to taste)

  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice


  1. In a large saucepan, bring 2 cups of water and sugar to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves.

  2. Pour remaining 6 cups of water into a large pitcher; add sugar water and lemon juice, stirring well to combine.

  3. Serve over ice.

Berry Breakfast Smoothies

Patricia Reitz

Our youngest is home from college this summer and we've been treating ourselves with smoothies each morning.  Too much work that early in the day?  No worries, just put everything in your blender jar the night before so the only thing you'll have to do in the morning is to walk your groggy self into the kitchen and hit the power switch.  

This recipe was inspired by Alton Brown.  It's not only delicious, but it contains high vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber so it's nutritious too!  

fruit smoothie/smoothies inspired by Alton Brown - ButterYum

Start with strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and bananas (amounts given in the recipe below).  You can use fresh or frozen fruit.

If you use frozen fruit, place it in the blender jar and store overnight in fridge (to partially thaw) or on the counter (to fully thaw) before processing.  Makes for quicker morning prep too. 

antioxidant breakfast smoothie recipe - ButterYum

Add pomegranate juice and milk (or milk substitute).

Blend until smooth.

Gotta love how fast and easy smoothies are to make. 

Breakfast for two - one for me and one for you.

And here's my little tip for cleaning that dirty blender jar.  Fill it with some water and ONE DROP of liquid dish soap.

Cover and blend, blend, blend.

All the junk is dislodged from the jar and lid - just a quick rinse and it's ready for breakfast tomorrow.  

Items used to make this recipe:

Berry Breakfast Smoothie

makes 2 servings


  • 4 ounce strawberries

  • 4 ounces blueberries

  • 4 ounces peaches

  • 4 ounces bananas

  • 4 ounces pomegranate juice

  • 4 ounces milk (or milk substitute)


  1. Weight all ingredients and place in blender or food processor; blend until smooth.

adapted from Alton Brown