Freshly squeezed lemonade is always a delicious treat, but if you're looking to make something just a little more elegant and nuanced, try lavender infused lemonade.
Ingredients to Make Lavender Lemonade:
- freshly squeezed lemon juice
- lavender, culinary grade, fresh or dried.
I don't make any particular batch size when I'm making homemade lemonade; instead, I use a ratio, and make as little or as much as I need.
Start by combining equal parts water and sugar to make a simple syrup. I used one cup of each here. Add the lavender blossoms. Be careful not to add too many, or you could end up with an unpleasant soapy flavor. A little goes a long way, especially for dried lavender, which is more intense. I ended up putting about 1 teaspoon of dried lavender in my syrup. Heat until the sugar dissolves in the water. Remove from heat and let the lavender blossoms steep in the sugar water for at least a half an hour. Strain the blossoms out of the simple syrup.
To make lemonade, combine one part lemon juice, one part lavender infused simple syrup, and two parts water. Sample the lemonade, and adjust to your taste preference. Some people like it sweeter. Some lemons are more tart than others. There's no recipe or measurement that will do a better job than you doing a taste test!
Pour over ice, and enjoy!
It was the perfect elegant, cool, and refreshing drink at my daughter's Equestrian Tea Party Birthday, but I also think this would make an absolutely amazing base for a cocktail. Perhaps with some elderflower liqueur?