We’ve been keeping it cool in the McNamara household with icy cold glasses of this Honey Lavender Lemonade!
It’s been hot and sticky, with temperatures in the mid to high 80’s and while I absolutely love summer and these hot days (not so much the humidity) I do not like to keep my central air going. My windows should be open so I can hear the birds outside, the wind rustling the leaves on the trees, and since we live on a canal to a lake, we get ducks and geese that come into our yard and, yes, I like to hear them too. I sort of feel like I’m missing out on all of that when the windows are locked up tight and the hum of the air conditioner going.
So today heat and humidity be darned, I switched of the air and opened all the windows and enjoyed summer. It was glorious. Until it got uncomfortable. Luckily I had a pitcher of honey lavender lemonade to take the edge off.
Hailiegh had two glasses and her words were this: “It’s sweet, but not too sweet and tastes fresh and real.” She’s right! It’s homemade lemonade with a touch of honey and light floral notes from lavender, basically this is summer in a glass.
Inspired by this vanilla version, I kept it just as simple. The ingredients are simple; lemons, lavender, sugar, honey and water. No artificial flavors or sweeteners, just good old fashioned lemonade with a twist.
In a saucepan add 3/4 cup of sugar, 8 strips of lemon peel and a tablespoon of dried culinary lavender.
Pour in a cup of water…
…stir and heat on medium until the sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat and allow the lemon and lavender to steep into the simple syrup for about 20 minutes. Steep for longer for a stronger, more potent flavor.
Strain the lavender simple syrup into mesh strainer that is set into a bowl.
Whisk in the 1/4 cup of honey and chill completely before making the lemonade.
When you’re ready, grab the lavender simple syrup, 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (strained of seeds and pulp), water and sliced fresh lemon.
In a large pitcher, add the lemon juice, syrup and about 6 to 8 cups of cold water.
Poof! Honey lavender lemonade!
Serve over ice with fresh slices of lemon and sip, enjoy and repeat.
Lemon and lavender are a match made in heaven, honey just sweetens the deal.
Enjoy! And if you give this Honey Lavender Lemonade a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!
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