Sweet sensation

We love lavender lemonade! This refreshingly floral spin on a classic summer drink tastes lovely, looks pretty and — because this recipe doesn’t overdo the lavender — it’s kid-friendly, too! 

Find culinary lavender at Penzeys Spices in Minneapolis, St. Paul or Lakeville (in stores only) or at thespicehouse.com.

Lavender from Amazon will work, but these other options produce a better flavor.

Lavender lemonade

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup lavender flowers (or more to taste)*
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar or less to taste
  • 1 lemon sliced into wheels or wedges for garnish (optional)

Pour the boiling water over the lavender in a glass pitcher.

Cover and allow to steep 10 minutes. This tea will be an unappetizing grey-brown-purple. But don’t worry. By adding the magic of lemon juice, sugar and water, the mixture will turn a beautiful, pale pink. We’ve also tried this with homegrown blossoms and it works, though the color isn’t as bright.

Strain and discard the lavender from the water and return the lavender tea to the pitcher. 

Add the cold water, ice, lemon juice and sugar to the pitcher and stir until the sugar dissolves. 

Chill until serving with lemon wheels for garnish.