Beat the heat with this refreshing drink

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 ūüôā 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…

 

Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lavender Lemonade  

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

Directions:

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:

http://blog.landofnod.com/honest-to-nod/2014/05/lavender-lemonade.html

Note: If you don’t like the lavender in your lemonade, just omit the lavender from the simple syrup recipe. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 8, 2014 · 1:26 PM

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