This quick and easy Lavender Lemonade is the perfect way to enjoy your lemonade in STYLE! Add a little gin or vodka-- and you've got yourself a light summer cocktail!
Servings: 6 people
Lavender Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons 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 ounces bourbon, gin, or vodka, depending on desired alcohol content (optionally- add 1 ½ - 2 ounces 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.
Makes about 6 8oz servings
Recipe variation: Switch the water with sparkling water. Serve immediately.
Nutrition information does not include optional alcohol.
Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Potassium: 41mg | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin C: 15.8mg | Calcium: 2mg