Lavender adds a delightfully different dimension to this refreshing summer favorite.
4 cups water, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh lavender leaves
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
How to Make It
Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Combine the boiling water and lavender in a medium bowl; cover and steep 30 minutes. Strain the lavender mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard lavender leaves.
Combine 3 cups water and sugar in saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, and cook 1 minute or until sugar is dissolved. Combine lavender water, sugar syrup, and lemon juice in a pitcher. Cover and chill. Serve over ice. Garnish lemonade with lavender stems, if desired.
I have been making this recipe since I came across it in college in 2002. If you love lavender, and lemonade, this is a sure thing for you! The flavors combine harmoniously. I use dried lavender flowers instead of leaves. I would like to suggest consuming this beverage within a couple days or so, if it sits in the fridge too long it tastes perfumey.
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