This Strawberry Lavender Lemonade uses strawberries, lavender simple syrup, and lemons to make the perfect summer drink. For a delicious summer cocktail, add gin or vodka.
It’s strawberry season! The strawberries are juicy, flavorful, and incredibly inexpensive right now, so it’s time to eat them. Normally, when I buy strawberries, I end up devouring them all long before I remember to put them in a pie, ice cream, smoothie, or lemonade. A few weeks ago, however, I saw strawberries on sale for about $1 a quart, and I bought… well, I bought a LOT. When I got them home, I started cleaning, hulling, and freezing those lovely little bright red berries. After freezing batches and batches of strawberries, I noticed a few jugs of a pre-made strawberry lemonade in our pantry, and thought, “Game on! I make better lemonade than that!” This Strawberry Lavender Lemonade is better than pre-made lemonade, is refreshing, delicious, and best of all– it’s easy!
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To start with, you’ll need lavender petals. Dried lavender petals should be fairly easy to find– look with the spices and herbs at your regular grocery store or buy it online. You can also try looking in the food aisle at overstock stores like Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, or Burlington Coat Factory. If you don’t have time to search for lavender, but have mounds of strawberries to use, you can skip the lavender and make plain ol’ delicious Strawberry Lemonade. (Alternatively, you can use the lavender and skip the strawberries!)
Making Strawberry Lavender Lemonade
To make your lemonade, start by making a lavender simple syrup. If you’ve never made simple syrup before, don’t worry! It’s (wait for it….) simple! Just add one cup of sugar, one cup of water, and a couple tablespoons of lavender to a small pan. Bring it to a boil, and then let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Next, pour the syrup into another container through a mesh sieve. Discard the lavender petals, and set the syrup aside to cool.
Next, juice some lemons until you have 1 cup of lemon juice. Pour the lemon juice into a blender and add the strawberries. Blend it all up, and pour it into a pitcher with 4 cups of water and the syrup. Add a few more slices of lemon into the drink (make sure to deseed the slices before putting them in the lemonade).
Making Hard Lemonade
In case you’re wondering– Yes! This is delicious as hard lemonade. It blends well with gin or vodka, and the liquor can either be stirred into the whole batch, or added glass by glass for those who want it. If you follow the recipe measurements for hard lemonade, the smaller amount will give you a lighter hard lemonade (about the same strength as a Mike’s Hard Lemonade), and the larger amount will give you a stronger mixed drink, more like a cocktail. Drink this Strawberry Lavender Lemonade on its own or as a cocktail, and enjoy the rest of your summer!
Still have more strawberries? Try these desserts:
Strawberry Lavender Lemonade
Lavender Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 TB dried lavender petals (culinary grade)
- 6-8 lemons (approx. 1 cup fresh lemon juice), plus 1 more for garnish (sliced and deseeded)
- 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
Optional Hard Lemonade Add-Ins
- 9-12 oz gin or vodka, depending on desired alcohol content (optionally- add 1 1/2 - 2 oz alcohol per 8oz of lemonade)
Make simple syrup by adding sugar, lavender and 1 cup water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer about 5 minutes. Pour syrup through a mesh sieve into a measuring cup (or other spouted container), and allow it to cool.
Meanwhile, juice lemons until you have about 1 cup of juice. Blend together lemon juice and strawberries, and pour into pitcher.
Add 4 cups of cold water. Add cooled syrup. Garnish with extra lemon slices.
If serving hard, add liquor to pitcher (or add to individual glasses as serving). Serve cold.