Strawberry Lavender Lemonade

There has certainly been a heat wave this week. It is consistently above 80 degrees in our house and the humidity has been hovering between 50-80% recently. I realized that 80 degrees doesn’t compare to the sweltering heat found around the rest of the country, but we don’t have air conditioning in our house so we can’t get away from the heat and humidity. It is starting to feel a bit oppressive, so yesterday I made us a nice drink to try and beat the heat.

Strawberry Lavender Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • Several ripe strawberries
  • Lemon juice (freshly squeezed or concentrate)
  • Lavender blossoms (fresh or dried)
  • Sugar
  • Mint leaves (optional)
Start by making a simple lavender syrup. Mix 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar and bring to a boil until the sugar dissolves. Add in approximately 1/4 cup of lavender blossoms and simmer for 5-10 minutes. The syrup should begin to pick up a nice purple color from the lavender. Strain the blossoms from the syrup and allow it to cool. {You will have plenty of lavender syrup left over from the lemonade to use for future recipes. Keep it in a sealed container in the refrigerator. It is nice to add to soda water for a refreshing treat.} Mix 3 cups of water, 1/4 – 1/2 cup lemon juice, and sliced strawberries. Mix in as much lavender syrup as you would like to sweeten your lemonade. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and enjoy!

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