Thursday, June 30, 2011

recipe: lavender vanilla lemonade...

You know the saying, "When life gives you lemons...make lemonade!" my mom gave me a bunch of organic lemons off her tree the other day so I decided to make my (and my husband's) favorite drink, Lavender Vanilla Lemonade :) This is how we make it, but by all means feel free to change it up. If you like it sweeter, add more sugar...more tart- more lemon...less tart-less get the point.

Lavender Vanilla Lemonade
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup vanilla sugar (I sometimes substitute stevia here for a sugar free option, you'll have to adjust stevia to taste. It won't be 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender
  • 1 tablespoon homemade vanilla bean extract
  • 2/3 cup fresh organic lemon juice (about 3-4 lemons depending on size)
  • 6 cups filtered water

Cut and juice 3 to 4 lemons or until you get about 2/3 cup fresh juice. Pour into a pitcher that holds two quarts liquid.

In a small pot add 2 cups filtered water, sugar, lavender, and vanilla extract. Bring to a simmer stirring occasionally. When comes to simmer immediately turn off heat. Remove from heat. Let steep 5-10 minutes.

When the mixture has cooled slightly, strain vanilla, sugar, lavender liquid into pitcher with lemon juice.

Finally pour remaining filtered water into pitcher, stir and taste. We like our lemonade more tart and sweet. We fill our cups to the top with ice so when the ice melts the lemonade is diluted just perfectly. Garnish with a lemon slice and lavender sprig and serve chilled! I love how the steeped lavender turns the lemonade the slightest hue of pink. This is just so refreshing!

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