A few years ago, I tried some lavender lemonade at a ladies luncheon at church that was so good I was thinking about it for weeks. I was determined to make the most delicious lemonade ever. And because I have both lemons and lavender growing in my backyard, I think it was fate.
Here is how I make mine...
1 cup superfine sugar
1/4 cup fresh lavender leaves, well rinsed
1 cup fresh lemon juice
4-1/2 cups water, divided
lemon slices, for garnish (optional)
To make the simple syrup:
- Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan.
- Bring mixture to boil for 1 minute or until sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat.
- Pour into a 2-quart glass pitcher.
- Place in refrigerator to cool.
To make lavender water:
- Bring 1 cup of water to boil in small/medium saucepan.
- Add 1/4 cup fresh lavender leavers to boiling water.
- Cover with lid and steep for 1 hour.
- Strain water and discard leaves.
To make lavender lemonade:
- Add lavender water to simple syrup in glass pitcher.
- Stir in lemon juice and remaining water.
- Place in refrigerator to cool (or add ice and serve).
- Garnish with lemon slices (optional).
Note: It's important to use only fresh lavender leaves. Using the flowers may give you too strong of a "perfumy" taste.