Now that it is semi-officially summer (i.e. post-Memorial Day and weather-wise), make some lemonade! This lavender lemonade recipe is great as is, but is also amazing if you substitute fresh rosemary for the dried lavender flowers. You could also swap the water for club soda for a carbonated version. Maybe add some vodka. There are a lot of possibilities, but all versions should be drunk outside or at least by an open window.
|Check out my makeshift strainer - I used a sifter, like for powdered sugar. Very hard to clean lemon pulp out of but I can't find our fine mesh strainer!|
|Some leftover lemonade soaking in those afternoon rays on the hammock.|
From Green Acres Lavender Farm via the Kitchn
5 cups water, divided into 1 cup & 4 extra cups
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp dried lavender flowers
1 cup lemon juice (I used 5 lemons)
Lemons, sliced for prettiness (optional)
Lavender sprigs for prettiness (optional)
Make the simple syrup by heating up the cup of sugar and cup of water in a small saucepan until it boils. Take it off the heat and add in the lavender. I put the lavender into a tea ball so it would be easy to remove. Let the lavender syrup steep for 2 hours.
Mix the syrup, 4 cups of water (or enough to fill a normal-ish size pitcher), lemon juice, ice, and lemon slices in a pitcher. Serve in cups with lavender sprigs if you have a lavender plant.
And here are a few garden picks since I got some lavender cuttings from my backyard: