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Thought Leader Series: Summer Refreshments - Lavender Lemonade from Scratch

A marketer by trade, Erin Pennings serves up family fun and tasty treats at SalmonAtSeven.com. When you think of summer refreshments, what comes to mind? If you answered sipping a lovely lemonade from the comfort of your front porch,...

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A marketer by trade, Erin Pennings serves up family fun and tasty treats at SalmonAtSeven.com.

When you think of summer refreshments, what comes to mind? If you answered sipping a lovely lemonade from the comfort of your front porch, then you're in the right frame of mind. But now, we're going to take that thought to the next level. We're going to add lavender, perfect for a gourmet touch and beautiful relaxing summer day.

Lemonaide Freshly squeezed lemonade packs a tasty punch, but it's even better when infused with lavender.

Relaxing on the front porch not your thing? Maybe you like to host gatherings of friends in your home. Jazz up your next party with a light, refreshing lavender lemonade. Perfect for a high-end luncheon, a baby shower, or a brunch with friends for a daytime drink. Or if you're looking to let loose or host an evening party, offer a lavender lemonade cocktail to your guests.

There are as many ways to make a lavender lemonade are there are places to buy lemons, but there's something about fresh squeezed lemonade that imparts an extra special flavor and aroma. We're going to teach you how to make it from scratch so you can enjoy not just the bragging rights but the delicious fruits of your labor. (Bonus points if you grow the lemons yourself, but if you're a mere mortal without a citrus tree, you're in good company.)

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Lavender lemonade offers the perfect way to relax on a hot summer day, or on days you're dreaming of summer.

Lavender Lemonade Recipe

Modified from AllRecipes.com

Ingredients

1 tray ice cubes

1/4 cup dried lavender

2 cups boiling water

3/4 cup rock sugar (ok to use white sugar too)

8 lemons

5 cups cold water, or as needed

seltzer water and/or vodka, optional

fresh lavender sprigs and lemon slices to garnish, optional

Directions:

    • Infuse the dried lavender flowers in the boiling water by steeping for 10 minutes. (Hint: A tip for success is to place the lavender into a cheesecloth so it's easier to strain out of the hot liquid.)

    • Dissolve the sugar into the hot lavender-infused water.

    • In the meantime, cut your lemons in half and juice them into your favorite pitcher or lemonade dispenser. Add 5 cups of cold water, your lavender infusion, and the tray of ice cubes. Mix well together. Your finished drink should look pinkish red.

    • Pour into glasses and garnish, or set garnishes on plate near serving station.

 

Lemonaide Lavender is known for its relaxing properties, so added to lemonade, it creates a wonderful mellow refreshment.

Serving suggestions

Lavender lemonade is a perfectly wonderful treat on its own. It's light and refreshing and wonderful to drink by yourself or with friends. But, if you'd like to take this tasty beverage to the next level, you can easily make it into a spritzer with seltzer water, or a cocktail or martini by adding vodka. Regardless of how you enjoy your lavender lemonade, you will be enjoying it. From the lavender that permeates the flavor to the aroma of freshly juiced lemons, engage your senses and relax with your freshly made beverage. Enjoy on your front porch, back deck, or inside your home as you dream of summer days.

Ready to start infusing? If you need a citrus juicer or other great kitchen gadget, then browse our selection. We can't wait to hear how you love your new creation.