When it’s hot, humid, sweltering, and just “so August”, you need a cooling drink to restore your sanity. Here’s a great recipe for a lavender-infused sparkling lemonade crafted with simple cupboard ingredients. Recipe makes two drinks–you will want to double this, we promise!
2 cups white, granulated cane sugar
2 cups fresh water, preferably filtered
2 Tbsp. freshly picked, organically-grown lavender blossoms (more if you like a very floral flavor)
2 fresh lemons, squeezed and strained to remove any seeds or pulp
Bottle of soda water or sparkling water
Crushed or cubed ice
- Make a simple syrup by combining sugar and water in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to boil and stir continuously to dissolve sugar then turn heat down to medium-low and let simmer for 10 minutes or until water is reduced and mixture turns syrupy.
- Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Remove lavender flowers with a slotted spoon, then strain the mixture through cheesecloth or a coffee filter to remove any particles.
Mix 4 parts of soda, 2 parts fresh lemon juice and 1 part cooled lavender-infused syrup. Adjust to taste. Pour over crushed or cubed ice. Enjoy!
6 EASY, AWESOME LAVENDERS TO GROW
Goodwin Creek Gray Lavender
Zone: 7 – 9
Finely toothed, silver-grey foliage and beautiful long, dark purple flower spikes. Very tolerant of heat, sun, and periodic drought. Full sun. Up to 4′ tall and wide.
Riverina Thomas French Lavender
Zone: 5 – 9
New triploid lavender with large flowers that yield five times the aromatic oil of their parent types. Midsummer repeat bloomer. Full sun. Up to 3′ tall and wide.
Sentivia™ Blue English Lavender
Zone: 5 – 9
Early flowering, highly aromatic with a compact, upright habit and strong stems supporting large purple-blue flower spikes. Full sun. Up to 20″ tall, 12″ wide.