Homemade lavender lemonade is my newest obsession and I think you will understand when you try it! Lavender lemonade is so refreshing and this recipe actually tastes a bit like sugar cookies thanks to the lavender.
I recently went to a local lavender farm and festival out in central Texas where they grow lots of lavender. I didn't think I was a huge fan of lavender in my recipes because apparently I was using it all wrong. My proprotions were all off and the end result was too much lavender flavor.
This festival set me straight and I learned the right proportions of lavender to use in my recipes. This lavender recipe was the first one I mastered with this new knowledge and it has become a staple in our house.
There is now always a pitcher of this lavender lemonade in our refrigerator.
The first thing you need to do is to make a lavender water. Not a lavender simple syrup but lavender water. The steeping of the lavender in the hot water, gently wakes up the lavender buds and slowly infuses its flavor into the water.
This step can be done a day ahead of time! I actually keep a small carafe of this in my fridge so it is ready whenever I need to make a new batch of this lemonade.
Here is what the rest of the steps look like to make this lavender drink:
- Make your lavender water ahead of time.
- Juice your lemons.
- Make a quick simple syrup (half water half sugar)
- Mix all the ingredients together in a large pitcher.
This lavender lemonade recipe is identical to any other homemade lemonade recipe except we are going to substitute some of this lavender water for the plain water that goes into the lemonade.
A really simple lavender drink that anyone can make!
You want to make sure you do not skip making the simple syrup step. Sugar will not dissolve in a cold or room temperature liquid. Making the simple syrup makes sure that your sugar is fully dissolved when it goes into your lavender lemonade.
This lavender lemonade recipe can be used as is or converted into a quick and easy cocktail by adding a little liquor. It also makes a great frozen popsicle.
Want to make this Lavender Lemonade even faster:
Use a frozen lemonade concentrate from the grocery store. All you have to do is make your lavender water and mix that with your frozen lemonade mix along with a little extra water.
- 2 cups water
- 2 tsp dried lavender buds
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 cups Water
- In a medium sauce pan add your water and bring to a boil.
- Measure out 2 teaspoons of dried lavender buds into a a medium or large carafe or mason jar.
- Add your boiling water to the jar.
- Let the mixture come to room temperature.
- Refrigerate for 24 hour in your refrigerator with a lid on top.
- Use in any recipe that calls for water (tea, lemonade, cocktails, etc).
- Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to a medium sauce pan.
- Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar becomes clear, about 3 minutes
- Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
Making the Lemonade
- Juice your lemons until you have about 1 cup of fresh lemon juice.
- Place a fine mesh strainer over your pitcher and pour your lemon juice through to remove pulp and seeds.
- Now add your 2 cups of cooled lavender water.
- Add your cup of simple syrup.
- Add 3 cups of plain water and stir.
- Serve over ice with a slice of lemon or fresh lavender sprig (optional).