This quick and easy Lavender Lemonade is the perfect way to enjoy your lemonade in STYLE! Add a little bourbon, gin, or vodka– and you’ve got yourself a light summer cocktail!
Each spring, I go a little crazy with my tiny, but ever-expanding container garden.
What started out years ago as two herbs soon grew to four. Then, I added a few more, and then a few more, and before I knew it– my entire mini-deck is covered in plants.
And each year, I’ve tried to grow lavender. Unsuccessfully.
Happily, this pretty, fragrant, fabulous plant is also available at the store. Dried. Ready to use in the kitchen. No gardening skills needed!
This lavender lemonade is cold, flavor-packed, refreshing, and perfect for spring and summer.
Where Can I Buy Dried Lavender?
Look for culinary-grade dried lavender petals with the dried herbs at the grocery store.
Alternately, grow your own lavender, dry it, and use that. (And then email me, and tell me what I’m doing wrong with my lavender plants!)
How to Make Lavender Lemonade
To make Lavender Lemonade, start with an herb-infused simple syrup. Simply simmer the lavender with a little sugar and water, strain the lavender out, and set the syrup aside to cool.
While it’s cooling, juice your lemons, add water, and then add the syrup.
Making Hard Lemonade
If you’re wondering, because I definitely was when I made it– Yes! This is delicious as hard lemonade.
It blends well with bourbon, gin or vodka! (I tried all three. For science.)
Serve this lemonade in glasses with ice, and top it all off with some fresh mint leaves.
Want more SUMMER DRINKS? Try these:
Want more LAVENDER recipe ideas? Try these:
- Strawberry Lemonade with Lavender
- Bourbon Sour with Lavender
- Granita Recipe with Lavender, Berries, + Whipped Ricotta
Makes about 6 8oz servings
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)
- 4 cups water
- optional: handful fresh mint leaves
Optional Hard Lemonade Add-Ins:
- 9-12 oz bourbon, 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. Pour juice into pitcher, and add 4 cups of cold water.
- Add half the cooled syrup, and taste the lemonade. Add the remaining syrup if desired.Tip: Store any leftover syrup in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a year.
- Serve in a pitcher, or in glasses filled with ice. Garnish glasses with fresh mint.
- If serving hard, add liquor to pitcher, or add to individual glasses as serving.