Ever since my first visit to Two Sisters Lavender Farm a few years ago, I have been crazy for lavender! I learned that lavender is actually part of the mint family! So it is actually great for cooking and baking! Ms. Jean always serves an amazing lavender-infused lemonade that is sweet and tart with a touch of floral notes. I decided to try my hand at recreating it! Here is what I came up with; it's not exactly the same as Ms. Jean's lemonade. However, it is refreshing for a hot day in late summer!
It starts with my favorite recipe for homemade lemonade from the Happy Hooligans blog - Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
5-6 freshly squeezed lemons
5 more cups of cold water
Begin by making the simple syrup. Combine 1 cup of water and sugar in a small saucepan and simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved. That's it! Take it off the stove and allow the syrup to cool to room temperature.
Squeeze 5-6 large lemons and pour the juice into your favorite 2 quart pitcher. Make sure to strain out any seeds. Add the cooled simple syrup and five more cups of really cold water. Stir well! Then spoon dried lavender into a tea-infuser ball. Dip the tea infuser into the pitcher of lemonade and let it sit overnight to steep and develop that lovely lavender flavor! Enjoy over ice in a chilled glass! It's perfect summer pleasure!