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Refreshing Lavender Lemonade (Recipe)

Refreshing Lavender Lemonade (Recipe)


I’ve always had roommates or friends that have worked in bakeries. I certainly can’t complain — all the free and delicious baked goods I could ever want is nothing to sneeze at. This has, though, made me less interested in baking (my natural aversion to following directions certainly contributes to that, too!) So when I received a bunch of fresh lavender in my CSA box this week, I was at a loss for what, exactly, to do with the stuff. I whipped up a batch of Herbes de Provence, did some searching online, and found this truly, truly fantastic recipe for lavender honey lemonade. It’s flowery, sweet, and sour all in one, and it’s beyond refreshing.

I still have plenty of lavender left over, and I’ll be sharing my adventures in cooking with lavender over the next few weeks. Do you have a favorite lavender recipe? Let the world know about it in the comments section!

Lavender Honey Lemonade

3 c. water, plus more to taste
1 c. freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 heaping tsp. dried culinary lavender
2 tbs honey
1/2 c. granulated sugar

1. Bring 1 cup of water and sugar in a medium pot over medium heat to a boil. When the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat.
2. Stir lavender and honey into water/sugar mixture and cover. Steep for around 15 minutes.
3. Using a sieve, strain lavender out of lemonade.
4. Combine and stir lavender syrup, the rest of the water and lemon juice in a large pitcher. Let lemonade chill before serving over ice. Makes about 4 cups of lemonade.

Recipe Credit: Joy the Baker

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Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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4:44AM PDT on Jul 7, 2015

thanks for this idea Katie - sounds good.....

2:11PM PDT on Jul 5, 2015


2:10AM PDT on Mar 10, 2015

Yum! Will substitute the honey. Thanks :)

8:56PM PST on Mar 6, 2013

Looks and sounds refreshing!

6:07AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

This sounds good and one that I will try.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Lavender is always so lovely, have some growing in my small balcony garden along with veggies, flowers and of course the essential catnip for the 16 year old blind cat that owns me and expects fresh, natural and wonderful nip every year!

A good thirst quenching recipe!

11:51PM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

Remember to only ever eat lavender augustifolia, the others are poisonous.

10:30AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012


4:34AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

I love lavender but have never actually cooked with it (in honesty I'm not much of a cook anyway!!) but I am very tempted to try this and I also like the sound of Miranda P's idea for warm milk. I used to visit a Tea Shop where they served lavender scones, warmed and presented with home made lemon curd, oh boy were they nice. The only other time that I have eaten lavender is in a bar of Belgian chocolate, it is really expensive but somehow that makes it all the better!

11:26PM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

Really must try this.

Gianna, you're quite right about the puppies but I can't see the connection with lavender lemonade.

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