As soon as the temperature rises, so does my need for lemonade. I don’t know why, but there are very few things more refreshing than a tall glass of ice cold lemonade with lots of ice on a hot summer day. I make gallons of the stuff all summer long, my kids are always guzzling it too. I can’t seem to keep enough lemons in the house for the amount of lemonade requested. My Honey Lavender Lemonade has been in heavy rotation all summer long.
Lemonade is not hard to make at all, but you do need to juice fresh lemons. It makes all the difference in the end result. I like to use either a juicer or a Lemon Squeezer to get the most out of my lemons with the least amount of effort. For this version I used honey and lavender. I love being able to reduce the amount of sugar and add a natural sweetener. The taste is floral and works really well with a bit of lavender. With lavender, you need to resist the urge to go overboard. It’s really pretty and purple, so I completely understand wanting to add a lot to the syrup. Trust me on this one, too much lavender and it will taste like soap.
If you really want to make this special, add 2 ounces of vodka and you have an elegant summer cocktail to boot.
Heat sugar, honey, 1 cup water, and lavender in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until the sugar and honey melt completely. Let the mixture cool.
Try This! Love the idea of Lavender Lemonade and really want to showcase that beautiful flavor? Add a little color to your lavender syrup! A few drops of purple food coloring once your mixture is melted, whisk to mix, then cool and stir into the recipe as instructed. You’ll get a gorgeous batch of purple lemonade that looks incredible on picnic tables.
Juice lemons until you have 1-1/2 cups lemon juice. The Good Cook 1.5-Cup Manual Citrus Juicer System makes this step simple. Its 1-1/2 cup capacity includes easy-read measurement markings on the side of the cup, so all you have to do it press lemons into the detachable reamer and twist until the juicer is full. The unique double sided strainer spout lets you pour with or without pulp, and the durable plastic is BPA-free, so you can rest assured your homemade lemonade is fresh and free from harmful chemicals.
If needed, strain the pulp from the lemon juice.
Pour the lemon juice into a pitcher. Strain the lavender out the syrup and add to the lemon juice.
Add 4 cups of water. Chill until ready to serve.
Honey Lavender Lemonade
A refreshing lemonade made with honey and lavender.
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon dried lavender
- 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
To make the syrup, heat 1 cup water, honey, sugar, and lavender in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook until sugar and honey dissolve. Let the lavender steep in the syrup and let cool completely, about an hour. Strain the lavender from the syrup and add to a pitcher. Add lemon juice and 3 cups water. Stir to combine. Chill in the fridge.