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Monday
Jun042012

Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade

The heat of the summer sun feels like a light kiss in the cool morning air. The bright rays land lightly on my skin, feeling warm and rosy against the crisp breeze fading away from the rising sun. Morning light makes me want to lie in the dew-kissed grass, ignore the damp clothes sticking to my skin, close my eyes, and revel in the warmth of the beginning of a new day. I want to take in these small moments—indulge in their sweetness. Even though I'm given a new opportunity each morning to do so, I don't take it.

Instead I spend my morning on the couch, behind glass, only noting the sun's presence from the glare across the television screen. I greet the sun in late morning as I walk to my car, not out of choice, but out of necessity. It leaves me wondering: where did I go wrong?

Lavender Lemonade

I have dreams about the person I wish to become one day. I want to be the woman who keeps a clean house (and doesn't let the dishes pile up on the countertop). I want to be the woman who keeps wildflowers in a vase by the window. I want to be the woman who listens to jazz music instead of watching reality television. But mostly, I want to be the woman who reads on her porch in the morning sun with her bare toes digging into the cool grass.

Maybe someday I will be all of these things... or maybe I will ever stay the same, not quite finding my way out of this groove. Until then, I may not enjoy the sweetness of the morning sun, but I can get sullied up in the afternoon heat and be glad I already am the woman who can make the perfect summer lemonade.

Lavender Lemonade
Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade is tart, tingly, and deliciously pink. The flavors of lemon and lavender come together so seamlessly, so effortlessly, that one sip will convince you they were meant to be together. Fragrant and fruity, this lemonade has made a home in my heart. It will be certain to cool you down on any warm summer's day.

Note: Please be sure to use culinary lavender and not lavender labeled for another purpose, which may be sprayed with pesticides or coated in inedible solutions. Edible lavender can readily be found in most health food stores.

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Lavender Lemonade

Yields 1 1/2 quarts

5 cups water, divided
3 tablespoons dried culinary lavender
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 6-8 lemons)
Lemon slices, garnish (optional)

In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil, turn off heat, and stir in lavender. Cover and allow to steep for 30 minutes. After steeping, run liquid through a fine mesh strainer to strain out the lavender. Toss out lavender.

Meanwhile, in another saucepan, bring the remaining 4 cups water and 1 cup sugar to boil, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.

In a large pitcher, combine sugar water, lavender infused water, and lemon juice. Stir and refrigerate until cool. Serve with a lemon slice, if desired.

Reader Comments (21)

Looks so refreshing!
06.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeki
I love your lemonade recipes! They always have such vibrant colours and taste great. My only problem is that i live in Australia and as you get to sip pink lemonade i rifle through your winter recipes and freeze in the 15 degree air (this probably isn't cold to you but to us its frostbite weather). Still, on the odd warm day i'll be sure to make this lemonade
06.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie
I want to be that woman too but I think I have to admit that I never will be!

Gorgeous lemonade, I've made lavender lemonade before and it wasn't this beautiful colour. It looks so inviting.
06.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
This is so pretty! I love this idea!
I live in a place where lavendar is just a color , so what other things make a near perfect summer lemonade ?
I am kind of new here and also bit lazy so if there is any other earlier post of yours ,can you post the link ?
06.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSruti
For once I know the quote that goes along with your picture! Only I knowit from the movie (which is one of my favorites) I didn't know it was a book though!

Your lemonade looks wonderful and refreshing, but I was expecting a purple drink, that might just be me though, haha.
What an absolutely stunning colour! My Mum has a huge lavender bush growing in her garden so am going to try and steal some this weekend!
06.6.2012 | Unregistered Commenterthelittleloaf
I JUST bought lavender to make your chocolate lavender cupcakes. The stars are aligned.
06.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracie B.
Loved your story and this post!
06.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterElissa
Making this today! Thank you so much! And P.S.: there is much poetry in dirty dishes and - dare I say it? - reality TV.
06.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichal
This looks so refreshing!
06.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMegan
Love this! Where did you get those glasses? They're wonderful!
06.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterErica
With foodie blogs, I tend to skim the text to get to the goods (recipe, photos), but your blog is different. I look forward to reading, actually reading, your posts. They are like little literary gems in my subscriber - with pretty photos and great quotes!

Your writing style is just delicious. It's thoughtful, quiet, but truly captivating. Which is interesting, since those are qualities that initially drew me to your photography & recipes. ;) Anyhow, I simply wanted to let you know that I look forward to reading your posts. And not just for the recipes. :)
06.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBridgid
I just sat on my porch yesterday - my feet in the grass, good book in one hand, and petting a random neighbourhood cat who stopped by with the other and asked myself - why don't I do this all the time?! I've got some lavender growing in my garden - will have to try this lemonade and enjoy it outdoors.
Erica-- I actually found these glasses at Target last fall. I'm not sure if they still carry them, but it would be the place to look!
06.8.2012 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
Oh wow, this looks so incredibly refreshing! And I just love the idea of adding lavender.
I've wanted to make lavender lemonade for a while, and this one is delicious! Infusing the buds is a great way to get a pretty color and a noticeable lavender flavor. I tweaked the sugar because I like my lemonade on the tart side, http://wp.me/p2gty7-17w, and it came out great. Thanks for the recipe!
This is definitely a drink I will make often! The color is a beautiful pink as shown in the pictures above.I found your blog quite moving as I could relate. I used to ask myself where did I go wrong but I found the determination to make it right and one day soon I will be laying in the grass gazing at the morning sun. You can too!
07.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterUp2speedgirl
I just really like your website !!! The food looks so nice and your pictures are just... BEAUTIFUL !

Congrats ! :)
07.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChacha
Just wanted to let you know that I freaking love Practical Magic. And this lemonade looks awesome.
07.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKris
I am making this for easter brunch and I am so exited because the color of the lemonade is so pretty and reminds me of spring
03.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina

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