Lavender Lemonade

For those of you suffering from sweltering summer heat, here’s a suggestion for a cooling drink, lavender-infused lemonade! Both lemons and lavender grow in abundance here (in California, and my backyard), so it was just a matter of time before they became acquainted. Lavender is edible, though English lavender and Provence lavender are most often used for culinary purposes. Here’s the tip with lavender: it doesn’t take much. Use it sparingly, like rosemary (which would also be terrific in lemonade by the way). Too much and your lemonade may taste like expensive soap. But just a little? Lovely.

Lavender Lemonade on Simply Recipes

Many thanks to my friend Kori Farrell who introduced me to this lavender lemonade!

Lavender Lemonade Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6.

The sugar/lemon balance will depend on what types of lemons you are using (Meyer lemons are less tart than regular lemons), and your own preference for sweetness.

While all varieties of lavender are edible, English lavender and Provence lavender are most often used for culinary purposes.

If you use fresh, garden flowers, make sure they have not been sprayed with pesticides. Do not use florist flowers.

Ingredients

  • A small handful of freshly picked and rinsed lavender flowers or a tablespoon of dried lavender flowers
  • 1 cup white, granulated sugar
  • 2 cups of boiling water for the infusion
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups or more of cold water
  • Ice

Method

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1 Cut the lavender flowers from the stems (no need to strip) and place in a medium bowl (a large pyrex measuring bowl works great because you can pour easily from it). Pour the sugar over the flowers and use your (clean) fingers to gently rub the flowers into the sugar.

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2 Pour 2 cups of boiling water over the lavender sugar and stir with a spoon until the sugar has melted. Cover and let infuse for 30 minutes (or up to several hours).

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3 Strain the lavender-infused simple syrup and pour into a serving carafe or pitcher.

4 Stir in the lemon juice.  Add another two cups of water. Taste and adjust for tartness. Add more lemon juice if too sweet.  Add more sugar if too tart. Add ice and more water to desired level of concentration. Note that the ice will melt eventually, further diluting the drink.

Add some thinly sliced lemons and a few lavender sprigs to the serving pitcher for presentation.

Links:

Better Homes and Gardens on Lavender varieties

Strawberry Pink Lemonade from Julie of the Little Kitchen

Lavender Lemonade on Simply Recipes

19 Comments

  1. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    This sounds super refreshing! Love the idea of adding lavender to this. Delicious!

  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    What a fabulous, refreshing drink!

  3. Nathan

    Funny, I was just sitting down at my computer with a cocktail made with bourbon, a lavender simple syrup, and lemon juice, when I saw this post. I love the lavender plant in my backyard, but if it weren’t for recipes like yours (and mine) I wouldn’t have a use for it. Lavender makes delicious beverages!

  4. Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today

    I could definitely drink a glass or two :)

  5. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig

    Always wanted to make something with lavender and just haven’t done it. We have the lavender festival coming up here in Oregon and I am collecting recipes to finally make it all happen.

  6. Mark

    This seems to be “sweet-’n-sexy” twist on a traditional fav…i’ll try

  7. Greg Walker

    Oh, Elise! You’ve done it again! That sounds fantastic and I will be giving it a try very soon. My current summertime beverage of choice is Lemonade Heightened With Marsala–it is an eighteenth century treat that plays very well with our triple-digit summers.

  8. katesulak

    lavender is also wonderful on pork. and my family loves lavender in rice.

  9. Debbie

    Made this refreshing recipe yesterday afternoon & it was delicious just as written. Didn’t need to tweak the tartness or sweetness at all. Also loved the pink shade the lavender provided. I used dried lavender since I don’t have a lavender plant in my yard. I used to but I came home one day to find that the guy who does weeding for us had pulled it up thinking it was a weed. I almost cried. Thanks again for another great recipe!

    • Elise

      Hi Debbie, I’m so glad you made it! I feel your pain regarding your lavender plant. The same thing happened to my tarragon plant. Fortunately it had just been pulled, and not thrown out yet, so I replanted it and it grew just fine. Tarragon is rather sturdy that way.

  10. Jayne

    Never thought of using lavender in lemonade! I bought a bag of dried lavender a year ago and didn’t know what to do with it besides lavender tea. Love this idea!

  11. Carmen Wyld

    Wow! I make lavender tea to relax and unwind, but I never thought of making lavender lemonade! Thanks for the idea. :)

  12. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste

    This looks so incredible refreshing, Elise! I love using lavender in the kitchen and can’t wait to try this!

  13. Nessa

    I love the addition of lavender in this!

  14. Julie Bounds

    Down here in the DEEP South…it’s HOT! I never set foot anywhere without something Iced in one hand and a hanky in the other (to mop the “glow” we Southern women emit in the heat). By July, I’m tired of the usual things to drink to provide respite from said heat, but this is a welcome addition to the summer list of COOL refreshments. As it happens I have both English and Provence lavenders as well as several other varieties in my herb garden (where I’m often found “glowing” while I work). Thank you so much for another use for my favorite plants – beside of course just standing around inhaling the aroma…and thinking of spring & fall & winter – anything cooler…

  15. Piet

    36°C in Hamburg today (Germany) and I’m drinking a glass of lemonade right now – thank you for this awesome recipe! It’s delicious!

  16. Dee

    Had a pretty busy day and wanted something, light, refreshing and relaxing before dinner. I remembered I had bookmarked this recipe and also have been venturing into trying to learn how to use lavender. I landed up making this using limes instead of lemons since I did not have enough lemons on hand……and it still turned out delicious . I did not seep the lavender for 30 mins, being crunched for time, but just did a quick reheat of the sugar syrup in the microwave. My husband who is opposed to trying anything lavender even had a big glass of this limeade and enjoyed it. This one is a keeper and now will be imported into my permanent bookmark collection.

  17. Arcey

    Finally made this the other day and it was lovely. Sorta like lemonade, but with that somethin’ somethin’ that makes it just that much more special. :)

    Thanks for another great idea.

  18. erinn

    DELICIOUS! a summer fav…

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