So, I tried something new yesterday.  Since the weather has been so hot and very dry I’ve been craving lemonade.  Fresh homemade lemonade.  And then my brother-in-law who  recently retired and with his wife, have become homesteaders creating a bee and lavender farm, talked about all the wonderful uses for lavender.

We inherited a wonderfully diverse perennial garden from the previous owner of our little home by the sea with four thriving lavender plants, so I got busy harvesting a handful of blossoms and dumped them into the pot when I made a simple syrup for the lemonade.  Oh that heavenly scent wafting through the galley!

It was so easy, I can’t believe I haven’t done this before now.  A few minutes of simmering. Some steeping time and I had a jar full of fragrant lavender infused nectar.

I got to thinking that this would make a great hostess gift.  Small bouquet of lavender, a decorative bottle of the syrup with a recipe for making lemonade. So nice, right?

You could booze this up if you wish with a splash of gin or vodka but today was all about the virgin version. So refreshing!

…bee approved!

…and good to the last sip!


Lavender Infused Lemonade

For lavender simple syrup

  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh or dried lavender blossoms

For lemonade

  • 1 Cup Fresh or bottled lemon juice
  • 1 Cup Lavender simple syrup
  • 3 Cups Water
  • Ice
  • Carbonated water (Optional)
  • Gin or vodka (Optional)
  • Sprigs of fresh lavender and lemon slices as garnish (Optional)

For lavender simple syrup

  1. In a small saucepan add water, sugar and lavender blossoms and bring mixture to a boil

  2. Simmer for about 15 minutes, then remove from heat and let the mixture steep for about 1 hour

  3. Strain the blossoms from the syrup, decant into a lidded jar and refrigerate until ready to use

For lemonade

  1. In a large pitcher add simple syrup, lemon juice and water

  2. Refrigerate until ready to use

  3. For individual servings, add lemonade, ice, carbonated water if using and an glug or two of vodka or gin if using

  4. Garnish with a slice and lemon and a sprig of lavender as a stir stick


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