I know summer is winding down, but it’s not quite time to bring out the apple cider just yet. This honey lavender lemonade that I’ve been making this summer has become a favorite around here and it would be perfect for any Labor Day gatherings you guys might be getting ready for so I thought I’d share it.
Just four ingredients and so simple that you’ll remember the recipe by heart after you make it once. This has been such a refreshing treat on hot days and the hint of lavender makes it totally different than any other lemonade you’ve tried. It’s like lemonade’s more mature, much more elegant (though slightly earthy) older sister. And I haven’t tried it, but I bet adding some vodka here would make a fantastic cocktail.You could add the dried lavender straight in to the lemonade and strain it out later, but I like to make a simple satchel with a coffee filter and butcher’s twine to make it easier on myself.
Honey Lavender Lemonade
makes 2 quarts
6 and 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (from about 4-6 lemons)
1/2 cup honey
2 Tablespoons dried lavender (or 6-8 sprigs if you have that)
Bring water to a boil, then transfer to pitcher and add honey, stirring until dissolved. Add in lemon juice, stir, and then the lavender (see note above about using a quickie-handmade satchel to steep the lavender in the lemonade).