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.
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).
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.
Turn off the heat and add the dried lavender flowers; steep for 10 minutes.
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!
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
In a large saucepan, bring 2 cups of water and sugar to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves.
Remove from heat and stir in dried lavender; steep for 10 minutes.
Strain lavender from mixture and discard.
Place lavender-infused water in large pitcher; add remaining water, lemon juice, optional food coloring and stir well.
Serve over ice.