Lavender Lemonade Recipe

Our lovely lavender lemonade recipe has only three ingredients and is simple to make. It has a fantastic colour, wonderful aroma and is thoroughly refreshing on a hot day. Perfect to enjoy whilst dinning alfresco during the summer months. It makes a nice gift when bottled, or as a non alchaholic “bring a bottle” for a party. This is a traditional, still, non bubbly drink suitable for all.

Ingredients

Makes 1.5 litres

Freshly squeezed lemon juice ( 6 tablespoons / 90 ml )
Sugar – granulated or caster ( 6 heaped teaspoons )
Dried culinary lavender buds ( 3 heaped teaspoons / 5 g )
Boiling water
Chilled water

This is a ratio recipe and is easy to adjust up or down for making different amounts.

To make 500ml use 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 heaped teaspoons sugar, 1 heaped teaspoon culinary lavender

To make 1ltr use 4 tablespoons lemon juice, 4 heaped teaspoons sugar, 2 heaped teaspoons culinary lavender

You can also vary the amounts of each individual ingredient to suit your taste.

Method

To make 1.5 litres:

  1. Lightly crush 3 heaped teaspoons of dried culinary lavender buds with a rolling pin or the back of a spoon to allow maximum flavour to release.
  2. Put the lightly crushed lavender buds into a heat-proof cup and add boiling water plus 6 heaped teaspoons of sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Leave the lavender water to steep for around 15 minutes until cooled, stirring several times during this time to ensure maximum flavour release.
  4. Whilst the the hot lavender water is cooling, juice the lemons and strain to remove any large bits and pips.
  5. When the lavender water has cooled, pour through a tea strainer or sieve, press the remaining lavender buds with the back of a spoon to squeeze out all of the flavour.
  6. Put the strained lemon juice into a serving jug and add the strained, lavender infused water. As the lavender water mixes with the lemon juice there is a lovely change of colour.
  7. Top up the jug with chilled water to make a total of 1.5 litres.
  8. Leave in the fridge until ready to serve.
  9. Serve as it is or dilute with more chilled water to match individual preference.
  10. Store in the fridge and consume within 3 days.

 

 

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