Lavender Lemonade (Naturally Sweetened)
I’ve been experimenting with culinary lavender lately, and I absolutely love it! Lavender adds a really lovely floral taste to foods. It’s really great in sweet recipes, like this Lavender Lemonade, but it’s also great in savory recipes, which I plan to experiment with this fall. For now, I bring you another delicious summer recipe that’s as easy as making regular lemonade. It’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup, but you could substitute this with organic cane sugar if you’d like.
Make sure to buy culinary lavender. Some varieties of dried lavender don’t have the right flavour profile for cooking. They come as tiny little lavender buds that are already dried and ready for use. You may even have a local lavender farm in your area that sells them if you can’t find them at your grocery store.
Yields: At least 4 servings
- 1/2 cup boiled water
- 1 tbsp culinary lavender buds
- 1 litre cold water
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp maple syrup, or to taste
- Pour the boiling water into a pitcher or large jar. Add the lavender buds and steep for 5 minutes.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.
- Chill until serving. When serving, add ice, a lemon slice, and a sprig of fresh lavender if desired. I suggest sipping the lemonade through a straw to avoid eating the lavender buds, although this is totally optional and the lavender is completely edible. Enjoy!