I felt like I was going out on a limb a bit experimenting in the kitchen because I had no idea how it would turn out, but I'm so pleased with the results and I can't wait to share them with you!!
The lemonade is classic enough, but with the sweet lavender nectar added to the mix, you have suddenly a richness and depth of taste that stays in your mouth and leaves you wanting more! We're going to be making this a lot more around here for sure, because we were fighting over the last drops of this batch! (Martin gave it to me of course, now I have guilt..)
We wanted to get it on the blog quickly so you could use it for all your picnics this weekend!! I know its going to be served at ours:) Here you have it:
Em's Lavender Lemonade
yield: serves 4-6
- 1/3 cup lavender flowers
- 1 cup water
- 1-1 1/4cup white sugar
- 1-1 1/4 cup lemon juice (approx. 4 fresh lemons)
- 4 cups water
Step 1. Combine your lavender flowers, your sugar, and 1 cup water to a small saucepan and bring to a bubbling boil. Let boil for about 5 mins stirring occasionally. Bring the temp down to medium low, put the lid on, and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
Step 2. While your mixture is on the stove, juice your lemons into a cup, making sure to remove all the pips and thick pulp. Juice should be about 1 cup in total.
Step 3. Using a small strainer and a spoon, strain all your syrup into a measuring cup (use your spoon to really press those flowers for every last drop.) Liquid should have reduced to about 1 1/4 cup. Whatever you do, do not take a spoon and sip a little of your syrup. Definitely not:)
Step 4. Combine together your lemon juice, lavender syrup, and water together in a medium sized pitcher, and mix well. Make sure to add a little more lemon or sugar to taste. Add some ice to keep it cold and refreshing, a few lemon slices for a garnish if you wish, and Enjoy!!
*Note: We've kept batches in the fridge for a few days and found the flavor stays amazingly fresh, so you could vary well make it a day or two ahead of your party, than just add in some fresh ice and lemons, and Voila!
Please let me know if you give this a try, I'd love to hear feedback!
have a terrific holiday tomorrow, and take care!