Lemonade is the perfect refreshing drink for summertime, and this Lavender Lemonade is a great way to relax and unwind.
Lavender is a great herb and is part of the mint family and has a slightly sweet floral flavor (say that 5 times fast!) It is often used in salads and dressings, and of course is a part of a blend of herbs called herbes de Provence, which is commonly used in French cooking. Depending on your climate, you can grown lavender at home and use it for a variety of purposes – it’s a great way to easy tension, headaches and anxiety.
But back to our lemonade… today we’re using the lavender to flavor our lemonade. To do that, we’re going to create a ‘lavender essence’ by boiling the lavender buds.
- 1 can lemonade concentrate plus the water called for, less 3/4 cup
- 3/4 cup water
- Flowers from 4 lavender stems
- Optional 1 drop each of red and blue food coloring
- 1 lemon sliced (for garnish)
- lavender sprigs for garnish
In a small saucepan, bring 3/4 cup of water to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the lavender buds. Cover and allow to cool. Strain the buds out.
In a large pitcher, add the lemonade concentrate. Use the water measurement on the can, less 3/4 cup. Stir in the lavender water and the food coloring, if desired. Chill the lavender lemonade mixture for 1 hour before serving.
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You’ll want to serve this lemonade immediately. It is not as good the next day, so kick back and cool off with a tall refreshing class of Lavender Lemonade today!
The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that lavender is considered likely safe in food amounts and possibly safe in medicinal amounts. NIH does not recommend the use of lavender while pregnant or breast-feeding because of lack of knowledge of its effects. It recommends caution if young boys use lavender oil because of possible hormonal effects leading to gynecomastia, and states that lavender can cause skin irritation.