I don’t know about other parts of the country but we’ve been having an unusually warm summer here in the Pacific Northwest. More like a mini-heat wave, if you can call a few weeks of 85-90 degrees a heat wave 🙂 All this hot weather has me thinking of different ways to beat the heat starting with cool drinks.
Here’s a refreshing summer classic with an unusual twist…
5-6 lemons (enough to make 1 cup of lemon juice)
2 quarts of water ice lemon slices for each glass
Lavender Simple Syrup
(this is enough to make two pitchers of lemonade)
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
2 tbsp. dried lavender
To start, you’ll need to make a lavender simple syrup. It’s best if you make it a day before.
With a mortar and pestle, crush the lavender to release the oil. In a small sauce pan, bring to a boil all the ingredients. Let boil for 1 min. Remove from heat, pour into a glass container, cover and refrigerate over night. The next day, pour the simple syrup through a fine sift.
To make a 2 quart pitcher of lemonade, combine 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice with 1/2 of the simple syrup and enough water to make 2 quarts. You can adjust the sweetness of the lemonade by adding more or less syrup and lemon juice.
Original Recipe found here:
Note: If you don’t like the lavender in your lemonade, just omit the lavender from the simple syrup recipe. Enjoy!