Thursday, April 12, 2012

Lavender Lemonade

 As the weather warms, a cool drink becomes more and more of a necessity. Although it hasn't been so balmy the past few days, the weather is certainly warming up. And as much as I like iced tea - unsweetened, because I'm a northerner like that - sometimes you need something a little fancier. A little more special. That's where this lemonade comes in. Perfect to serve to company on a warm afternoon, or just as a treat for yourself any old time, it's a subtle twist on an old favorite.

At first glance, it looks like pink lemonade. But this is better - more exciting, and more delicious. Infused with lavender, the lemonade takes on a pale pink-purple color.

The recipe is only a bit more complicated than making regular lemonade. To infuse the lavender flavor, you make a lavender simple syrup, and let the lavender steep before straining it out. What you're left with is a lemonade worthy of an Occasion. Or any occasion.

Lavender Lemonade
Yield: about 2 1/2 quarts

2 cups sugar
2 tbsp plus 2 tsp dried lavender flowers
10 cups water, divided
8 lemons, plus slices to serve

1. Combine sugar, lavender, and 2 cups water in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved, and mixture just reaches a simmer. Remove from heat and let sit for 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, juice the lemons and strain the juice into a large pitcher (or have multiple pitchers).  Add the remaining water and stir to combine.
3. When the lavender syrup is done steeping, strain the syrup through a mesh strainer into the pitcher and stir.
4. Serve chilled, in glasses with a slice of lemon on the bottom (it will float when the glass is filled with liquid).

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  1. :D lol Hi Grace, I'm Grace. I've been wanting to say that for a while lol. I need to try this, I L-O-V-E Lemonade <3

    - Gracie

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    1. Thank you! I found them at a yard sale a few years ago - the seller had a TON of different glass bar ware they were selling. I wanted to buy a lot more of the stuff, but stuck with a set of these glasses instead. I use them a lot!



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