Lavender Lemonade

If life gives you lavender, make lavender lemonade. And this time of year, life is definitely giving lavender- it’s all over the place. Perhaps it was not quite as easy as finding elderflowers right outside our doorstep, but when I recently went on a scenic walk to the shops, there was plenty around. Easy to identify with its purple colour, thin green stalks, and well known smell, lavender is usually planted, as opposed to being found wild. But don’t worry about not having any in your garden. Given how well lavender plants grow, there are often large bunches sticking out onto pavements just waiting to be picked, just like the ones we found.

The lavender lemonade is a simple way to get a nice floral effect into a well known drink. You still get the regular lemonade taste, but then a nice hint of lavender at the end which takes the acidic edge off a little. A great non-alcoholic drink to bring to a party, or if you have guests over, it is quick and easy to make with a interesting result, in my experience. What’s more, given the lavender is free, the ingredients for the lemonade cost under £1. All we need now is some summer to enjoy it with.

Lavender Lemonade

This will make about 1.5 litres, and will last a few days in the fridge.

Ingredients:
25g lavender heads (or 15g dried)
500ml boiling water
150g caster sugar
1.3 litres cold water
6 lemons

Recipe:
1. Put the lavender and boiling water in a pan, bring to the boil, and simmer for 3 minutes.
2. Turn the heat off, add the sugar, stir to dissolve, and add the cold water.
3. When cool, squeeze the juice from the lemons and add to the pan. Strain through a muslin (or clean tea towel) into a jug. Refridgerate until ready to use.

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