A special treat for a hot day – Lavender Lemonade!

16 Mar

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Today was the last day of winter, and San Diego made that perfectly clear by posting 80 degree weather. Since I have been experimenting with various infused waters, and lemonades lately I knew today would be a great day for some Lavender Lemonade. I made this last summer, and then turned it into popsicles and they were a big hit. Using everything from scratch, why not put a unique spin on a classic drink? Plus, the subtle pink color is really gorgeous.

To make your Lavender Lemonade use the following. This recipes makes about 4-5 drinks.

1 cup of freshly squeezed Organic Lemons (approx 4-8 lemons)

1 small bunch of fresh mint

3/4 cup of simple lavender syrup (see below)

Lavender Simple Syrup:

1 cup of granulated sugar (you can also substitute with agave syrup for a healthier option)

1 cup water

1/4 cup of dried lavender (food grade)

1. Start by making your lavender simple syrup by adding your ingredients to a sauce pan. Stir, and let come to a boil. Once it reaches boiling, turn the fire down to a simmer and leave for 10 minutes until it thickens slightly. Turn off the fire, cover and allow to steep for about an hour.

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2. Pour the syrup through a mesh type strainer to get all of the lavender buds out, and then cover. (I love mason jars) Let cool completely in the fridge.

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3. Squeeze your lemons into a bowl. Strain the seeds out.

4. Add some ice, then water to a large pitcher. Pour in the lemon juice, toss the mint in and then add your lavender simple syrup. Chill, and serve.

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Such a simple recipe for an amazingly refreshing, and not too sweet lemonade. Use the popsicle molds and create your own amazing, yet light desserts.

Hope you enjoy it!!  Please post your comments and experience with it!

Kimberley

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