This post was originally published one year ago this week. My lavender is once again in full bloom and that means plenty of lavender lemonade in our home. I thought it was quite timely to share this again. Enjoy!
What did you have in mind with regards to establishing your own summer groove? If you don't mind, I'd like to make a tiny suggestion...
Make Lavender Lemonade. Everyday if possible.
You may feel as though you've traveled back in time, about 80 years or so. Consider wearing something made of calico, or better yet, feedsack, while sipping this lemonade for the first time (for the maximum experience). At the very least, lay down your favorite vintage quilt under the finest shade tree you can find. And no shoes, you must be barefoot. Please put a flower in your hair too.
Okay, now you're ready.
Lavender lemonade will make you feel like such a lady.
This one little recipe, made often, will place the summer of 2010 firmly into the "remember that summer" compartment of your nostalgic mind. It's a sure thing.
If you don't have access to lavender from your garden, you may purchase organic lavender blossoms at any good health food store in the bulk spice section. You can also order online if you think you'll be needing a large quantity to get through the season. I think you just might.
Lavender Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup evaporated cane juice (or regular white sugar)
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh lavender flower (I don't bother to remove the blossoms from the stem, just trim the stem as in the photo of my hand) Use 3 rounded Tablespoons dried lavender if you do not have fresh.
In a small saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat, stirring often. Turn the heat down to medium and continue boiling for a minute or two, stirring often. Add the lavender, stir, turn off the heat and cover the pot with a lid. Steep the lavender in the simple syrup for 15 minutes then strain. Store in the refrigerator, it will thicken a bit as it cools. You do not need to wait until it cools to make the lemonade.
- 4 cups cold water
- 1 lemon juiced, strain out the seeds. I like to gather the pulp from the strainer and add it to the lemonade.
- 2/3 cup lavender simple syrup
- plenty of ice
Combine the water, lemon juice, and syrup in a glass pitcher and stir well. Serve over plenty of ice! Feel free to double the recipe depending on the size of your group.
There you go friends, the first lavender recipe. Don't worry, there will be more.