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May

Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade by Against All Grain

 

Spring is in full bloom here in California. Our hills are brown, which is always terribly backwards, but the flowers and trees are lush and boast vibrant leaves and flower buds. My herb garden started to perk back up about a month ago and I was able to pick my first few leaves for a salad dressing just yesterday. We don’t have the largest backyard so my husband found an idea on Pinterest last Mother’s Day and built me this sweet little fence herb garden. Fresh herbs provide a much more intense flavor than dried, so having them at my finger tips where I can snip off just what is needed is so nice. Especially compared to having to purchase an over abundance at the grocery store and either dry them myself so as not to waste, or have them wilt before I have a chance to use them. I am growing basil, cilantro, sage, thyme, chocolate mint, oregano, parsley, and chives. Asher has taken a liking to watering them with me as well, so we spend a few moments each night as the sun sets learning about how things live and grow and he giggles as he “accidentally” gets my feet wet with the hose. It’s the simple things in life that keep you smiling and give you something to look forward to each day!

DIY herb garden

We celebrated my good friend’s birthday a couple of weeks back, and her affinity with lavender helped inspire the menu. I have never experimented much with using lavender in my cooking and had to read up a bit on what variations were good for culinary use. I didn’t even realize that we had lavender growing in our backyard, but it turns out that it is a French lavender plant and doesn’t fare as well in cooking. The English kind is the best for stripping the leaves and infusing drinks or baking into desserts so I plan to add that to my little herb garden next Spring. I had a hard time finding any in bloom elsewhere so we chose to use the dried leaves from the bulk section at Whole Foods. This lavender lemonade was among the spread and it provided the perfect refreshment for our guests during the scorching heat wave we were going through. The adults spiked theirs with a little tequila too which really took the edge off of the heat! We all enjoyed it so much and I plan to make a double batch of it to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend.

The lovely pink tint comes from the infusing the lavender leaves in hot water, but if you do not like lavender or simply cannot locate it, you may chose to use thyme, rosemary, or possibly another edible flower.

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Lavender Lemonade

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker - AgainstAllGrain.com

SERVES: 6

PREP TIME: 120 mins

COOK TIME: 10 mins TOTAL TIME: 130 mins

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups water
  • ½ cup light-colored honey
  • ⅓ cup dried lavender
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice, strained

Instructions:

  1. Bring water and honey to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Gently crush the lavender in a mortar and pestle or in a bowl with a meat tenderizer. Add the crushed lavender to the pot then remove it from the heat.
  3. Cover, refrigerate, and steep for 2 hours.
  4. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve. Stir in the lemon juice and serve over ice.
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  • http://www.lifesambrosia.com Des @ Life’s Ambrosia

    Oooh I love the idea of using lavender and lemonade. So refreshing!

  • http://damndelicious.net Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    What a refreshing glass of lemonade! A perfect way to cool down in the summer heat!

  • http://ArtisticOdyssey.com LeeLee

    Lavender lemonade is great for a summery afternoon. I featured this delicious drink on my blog. :)

  • http://www.naturesamazinggreens.com/ May

    This was amazing!!! I made it a few days ago and it’s all gone. I don’t think I will ever drink normal lemonade again. It was sooooo delicious. Thank you for the recipe!

  • Jasmina

    Hello, did you try this one with fesh lavander? I ask because I have only that, and don’t know if there is any difference for thik kind of drink. Thnaks!

    • Against All Grain

      I used dried. I would assume you could use half the amount for fresh since its likely more potent

      • Jasmina

        Thank you, I tried with handful of fresh lavander buds(don’t have whole flowers yet), and it was great! I can’t say if it is stronger than dry, didn’t try that one yet…

      • Lisa

        I learned the opposite is true – that dried herbs are more potent so you use less than fresh. Maybe that’s not true with lavender?