Lavender Lemonade

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Homemade lemonade infused with lavender! Such a refreshing floral twist on lemonade.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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).

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Too much and your lemonade may taste like expensive soap. But just a little? Lovely.

Lavender Lemonade

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

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.

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).

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.

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Links:

Better Homes and Gardens on Lavender varieties

Strawberry Pink Lemonade from Julie of the Little Kitchen

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Deborah

    Fabulous balance of lemon and lavender. My family loves it and I have passed it on to many friends !

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  2. Kt

    Takes a while to make, but I love the flavor.

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  3. Elizabeth

    My husband who doesn’t like to veer from regular lemonade tried this and it was a hit. That speaks volumes so if your thinking about trying this DO IT!! I love anything lavender so when I tried it I I was hooked. I won’t drink regular lemonade again! I added blueberries & mint leaves and @our 4th of July gathering, social distancing, it was the hit of the day. I highly recommend this Lavender Lemonade recipe………JUST DO IT!!

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  4. Julie

    I don’t have access to fresh lavender. Do you think dried lavender would work?

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  5. Shauna

    Since I get an abundance of lavender in my herb garden, this has become by new favorite!! It’s so easy to make and tastes delicious… really brings a calming feeling to my drink too!! :)

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