Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Honey Lavender Lemonade

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Summer is almost here – one day it’s sweltering and the next it feels like Seattle in November.  Colorado weather is so weird.  We prefer to be both optimistic and prepared for the nice days, so we whipped up some delicious honey lavender lemonade.
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The first step is to make a sort of tea out of the honey, water, and dried lavender buds.  Simply combine the honey and water, bring to a boil (watch out – the boiling phase tends to happen very suddenly on this one!), then add lavender and remove from heat.  Let steep for 20 minutes.
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When the spent lavender buds are strained out just add the freshly squeezed lemon juice, a bit more water, and you’ve got lemonade!  The honey gives it a rich golden color.
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I plan to spend my summers sipping this – garnished with a lemon wedge and mint leaf, of course – on the back patio. (Interested in a cocktail version? Try a Ginger Bee!)
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Honey Lavender Lemonade

  • 1 cup honey
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon dried lavender
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (we used 10 small lemons)
  • Additional 2 cups water
  • Lots of ice
Combine honey and 2.5 cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to ensure the honey dissolves in the water.  When the mixture reaches a boil, stir in the lavender and remove from heat.  Let the mixture steep for 20 minutes, off the heat.
Strain the lavender from the liquid, then add the fresh lemon juice and an additional 2 cups of water.  Pour into glasses full of ice and serve!
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  1. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog-- sorry I haven't updated in SO long, my semester at school just flew by! This lavender lemonade looks like the best idea ever, and your photos are so beautiful! Can't wait to try it this summer!

  2. I made this yesterday and it snapped me right out of a wee hangover! :) It seemed a bit sweet to my hubs, but over ice I thought it was the perfect amount of honey.

  3. Josie - Glad it helped with the hangover! We were too impatient to wait for the lemonade to completely cool in the fridge, so we served ours over lots of ice. That could explain why yours tasted a bit too sweet - good to know.

    Jane - your photos are beautiful too. Go update your blog with more pretty things for me to look at! :)

  4. I love making lemonade but I've never added lavender before. So excited because I have a lavender plant on my terrace and am always looking for new recipes, thanks!!

  5. Natalie, I wonder if your lemonade will be more pinkish-purple from the fresh lavender? Let us know!

  6. This is a great refreshment idea, specially that i'm from the side of the world (Philippines) where it feels summer all year long :). On a side note, I have never used lavender in my cooking so I was wondering if fresh lavender leaves will do? Im curious how the lemonade turned out for Natalie. Couldn't find dried ones in our local market although I know they grow lavenders here too. I'll be scouring the markets all over the metro this weekend and I can't wait to try this out and boast this new flavor to my husband hehe! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  7. Thanks for this lovely recipe. Am going to try it out asap.

  8. I had lavender lemonade at a local cafe a few months ago, and the next time I went back they weren't making it anymore! So excited to try this, maybe with some Meyer lemons and a few buds off my inherited lavender bush...


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