Lavender Lemonade

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.

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6


  • 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


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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  • Nene

    Just made this and it’s delish. I used half the lavender the recipe called for because I have dried lavender and it is STRONG. I infused it for thirty minutes and followed the rest of the directions exactly. My son found it tart but liked it, the rest of the fam (myself included) found it perfect. Thank you for the recipe! I was searching for that “klss” of lavender flavor. LOVE this!!


  • Suzi

    We have 2 lemon trees in our backyard and 2 lavender plants, 1 in front and 1 in back. This recipe is my “go to” recipe when it is hot outside….today 103 tomorrow predicted 106…..I highly recommend this particular recipe!!


  • Janice

    Very refreshing, and the smell of the Organic fragrant lavender flowers! I used Swerve Confectioners Sugar Replacement and only used 1/3 cup of Meyer fresh lemons (2). Love it!

  • Laur

    Love it! I also have a few lavender plants in my yard


  • Stacy

    This recipe is delicious!


  • Tiffany

    This lemonade is amazing! I always get requests for it. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, as some only care for lavender scented bath products but the majority of people love it so much that I end up making more! Love it!!! Btw, I double the recipe.


  • Diane

    Great recipe if followed exactly according to the directions. Nice balance of flavors and quite tasty!


  • Stephanie

    Thank you so much. As an herbalist I have been cringing every time the lemon-aid with lavender essential oil recipe gets shared. I am so excited to share this much much better option!


  • Ella

    I bought a pound of fried culinary lavender because my family and I were always drinking london fogs and buying them from starbucks so much wasn’t the healthiest or best on our bank account. I’ve been wondering what to use it for besides the tea and found this recipe. I love it!


  • Andrea

    My 9 year old and I picked lemons and lavender from our garden and made this today. It was so good that we’re making a second batch!


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  • Stephanie

    So I just finished making this and it’s heavenly!! I didn’t realize squeezing lemons would be so therapeutic haha, this recipe will definitely be saved and passed around to everyone, thank you!


  • Christine

    Can I just use lavender leaves if my plant doesn’t have flowers yet? The leaves are quite fragrant…..

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Christine! Emma here, managing editor. Sure, give it a try! Let us know how it works out!

  • Larik

    Thank you for sharing, loved it!!!


  • Morgan

    This was a great drink

  • Missy Sanders

    I just had this yesterday and had to STOP myself from drinking it all and saving some for others LOL. Loveeeee it. Can anyone tell me the difference between lav flowers versus leaves ? The person who made the lemonade gave me a jar of what looks like seeds to use. Are those the flowers or leaves ? I don’t know where to get more though

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Missy, I know they look like seeds but what you are probably seeing are the flowers; the individual flowers are seed shaped. If you google “culinary lavender” you should be able to find some for sale online.

  • Spikeygrrl

    I use 2c. green tea instead of the 2c. water, and 1/3c. to 1/2c. zero-calorie artificial sweetener instead of the 1c. sugar which makes my teeth hurt even to think about. DELISH!

  • T. Huggins

    So, is it best to use dried lavender, or lavender oil?

    • Kelly

      Never use lavender oil. Lavender oil is extracted from a variety of lavender that is high in camphor oil – which you won’t like the taste of, believe me. You want actual lavender, specifically culinary lavender, which is low in camphor oil and far tastier.

  • Carol Brennan

    I saw a version of this where it had a lovely lavender color, have you any idea how they could have done this? Obviously I would like to avoid food coloring.

    • Susan

      1 cup of raw honey
      12 cups of pure water
      1 drop of lavender essential oil
      6 lemons
      Lavender sprigs for garnish

      Peel and juice the six fresh lemons. Thoroughly mix all ingredients together and chill.
      Adjust to desire taste by adding more honey or water, if desired.

    • Janelle

      I saw that too, they said they added purple sugar!

  • Dayna

    Where can I find lavender? I don’t think they have it at the grocery store.

    • Elise Bauer

      You can buy it online at Amazon

      • CHristina

        Penzeys. My go to for all spices. It doesn’t list it on their website but if you call they will add it to you order. They also have it in their stores.

    • Marcia Buratti

      I have gotten my dried lavender at World Market.

  • DebbieG

    What type of lavender is best? There are many varieties now days.

  • erinn

    DELICIOUS! a summer fav…

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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…

  • Nessa

    I love the addition of lavender in this!

  • Carmen Wyld

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

  • 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!

    • CHristina

      It’s very nice in yogurt

  • 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 Bauer

      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.

  • katesulak

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

  • 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.

  • Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today

    I could definitely drink a glass or two :)

  • 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!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    What a fabulous, refreshing drink!