French Lavender Lemonade

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We live in an old neighborhood with mature trees clustered about, and homes dating back to the 1890’s.

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My house is on the main drag through our neighborhood. It is a fairly busy street in our bustling pedestrian community. We get all the action right outside our windows. Runners, dog-walkers, strollers, bikers, the 4th of July parade, the Halloween extravaganza… It all happens directly in front of my house.

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Therefore, I find my next door neighbor’s children quite brilliant to make a tradition of selling lemonade on the street corner throughout the summer.

My neighbor told me her boys have made as much as $180 selling their lemonade on a Saturday. I couldn’t believe it at first. Such a huge profit for two little boys, from lemonade!?!

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Then, I tasted their brew and the answer was clear. Superior Lemonade.

This is no powdered lemon-drink they are selling! The boys use freshly squeezed organic lemon juice and lavender.

No wonder they can charge a $1 a cup of this blessed beverage. My neighbor claims the boys make the lemonade on their own, but I find that highly suspect. *wink*

Simple French Lavender Lemonade

Fresh French Lavender Lemonade is the perfect beverage for summer. It’s light and tangy with a delicate floral essence.

The lavender leaves are steeped in a simple syrup to extract the essence. Because the leaves are removed before the lemon juice and water are added, the flavor comes off as very mysterious and highly complex.

I’m giving you the French Lavender Lemonade recipe as a double batch, because I guarantee one small pitcher’s worth will not be enough. Once you taste this lemonade, you’ll understand!

French Lavender Lemonade

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49 comments on “French Lavender Lemonade

  1. Magic of Spiceposted June 10, 2010 at 4:45 am Reply

    Sommer, you are a kindred spirit! Fantastic post, love the descriptions. Making me miss my old house a bit though.

  2. Cook with Madinposted June 10, 2010 at 5:08 am Reply

    Hi Sommer, I really enjoyed reading this post.The lemonade will be a big hit here in our house as my husband and son loves to drink ice tea during this time. Maybe I'll surprise them with this recipe of yours. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Casey Angelovaposted June 10, 2010 at 5:16 am Reply

    I adore anything flavored with lavender! Do you get better flavor with the leaves than you do with the flower petals? I have some dried lavender flowers that I would like to use. Thanks for sharing!

  4. A SPICY PERSPECTIVEposted June 10, 2010 at 5:27 am Reply

    Casey~

    Lavender leaves are stronger than the buds. I use lavender buds when I want the flavor and decorative aspect as well, but the leaves when its just for flavor.

  5. Annaposted June 10, 2010 at 5:35 am Reply

    Awwwww, that looks so pretty, very summerly, I love lavender smell. And the description of your street makes me very jealous, I would love to live in a house with a backyard to plant all sorts of herbs. And have suspicious neighbors making delicious lemonades. LOL

  6. The Cilantropistposted June 10, 2010 at 6:33 am Reply

    Great to know about the lavender leaves, this looks like a perfect twist on a classic. I am adding it to my favorites, so then I can make it this summer! Seems like the kind of recipe that people taste and just love, but would never guess the secret ingredient. ;)

  7. Sophieposted June 10, 2010 at 8:13 am Reply

    Waw!! I never have used lavender leaves before just the flowers!!

    Thanks for sharing this tasty & luscious looking lavender lemonade!
    Your pictures are so appetizing & vibrant!

  8. penny aka jeroxieposted June 10, 2010 at 10:12 am Reply

    I have both of this in my backyard! I can make it so easily

  9. Chef Dennisposted June 10, 2010 at 10:49 am Reply

    wow…its like being back in the south of France!
    what a wonderful refreshing beverage. It sounds like you live in a great neighborhood!

  10. 12th Man Training Tableposted June 10, 2010 at 11:33 am Reply

    Going to be a hot one this weekend … sounds like just the ticket!

  11. JillyAnposted June 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm Reply

    That is brilliant…and lovely. I MUST make this…thanks!

  12. gringarlposted June 10, 2010 at 1:47 pm Reply

    Oh my, Oh my, what a great idea. thanks

  13. Jennifurlaposted June 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm Reply

    Lovely pictures, I wish I knew where to get lavender – this looks so refreshing and cool.

  14. Cooking with Kaitposted June 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm Reply

    Hi Sommer, Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. I can't believe the boys made $80 selling lemonade. That's so terrific!

  15. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableposted June 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm Reply

    Hey Sommer – reading your posts is always such a pleasure! You don't just write, you paint exquisite potraits with words….

    This lemonade sounds like liquid manna from heaven, in this stifling heat and the pictures alone make me feel refreshed! Wonderful, wonderful post!!

  16. lauraposted June 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm Reply

    Gorgeous, Sommer! You know how much I love lavender – I've been toying with the idea of making a lavender lemonade – now I must!

  17. A SPICY PERSPECTIVEposted June 10, 2010 at 3:43 pm Reply

    Jennifurla~

    You can buy cut and potted lavender at a good farmer's market. I got mine at a garden center a few years back.

  18. 5 Star Foodieposted June 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm Reply

    A lavender lemonade sounds absolutely delightful!

  19. Birenposted June 10, 2010 at 7:50 pm Reply

    I did not realize you could use the leaves….very cool! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Love lavendar and I know I'll love this refreshing drink :)

  20. Carol Petermanposted June 10, 2010 at 9:10 pm Reply

    If the promised sun and warm weather finally arrive this weekend in the NW, I will celebrate with a pitcher of lavender lemonade!

  21. [email protected] and Dreamsposted June 10, 2010 at 11:30 pm Reply

    Wonderful and refreshing. So great you added lavender!

  22. The Housewifeposted June 10, 2010 at 11:57 pm Reply

    I'm very curious about the dog blessing ceremony! Any hoo… lavender lemonade sounds divine! Bookmarked your recipe!

  23. Kathy Goriposted June 11, 2010 at 12:46 am Reply

    what a wonderfully refreshing looking drink!

  24. tasteofbeirutposted June 11, 2010 at 2:13 am Reply

    Thanks to you I have another lemonade to try this summer! I love the addition of lavender and we get a huge crop of lavender in our mountain home!

  25. Maryposted June 11, 2010 at 4:15 am Reply

    What a lovely photo. I can imagine how refreshing this must be on a lazy and hot afternoon. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  26. sweetlifeposted June 11, 2010 at 5:32 am Reply

    Lavender lemonade, oh how glorious..my mouth is watering I love lemonade but with lavender over the top my friend…I can see why they make great profits with this spectacular drink. I will be more than happy sipping this all summer, too funny you post about lavender, we are going the Blanco, Texas lavender festival this weekend..can't wait..

    sweetlife
    ps, thanks for your lovely comment on chuls at denise's page, oh how it made me smile..

  27. Rubyposted June 11, 2010 at 12:59 pm Reply

    This post makes me so happy. The idea of lavender in lemonade, the photos, the Mexican glass pitcher that reminds me of many shopping trips across the border and also that great quote by Mae West – thanks for the smiles!

  28. Claudiaposted June 11, 2010 at 2:44 pm Reply

    I am so making this and then I'm setting upa lemonade stand. I would love to use this recipe for the Examiner and credit you (with a link to your blog). Let me know if that would be all right with you – either way this is being made!

  29. pegasuslegendposted June 11, 2010 at 4:13 pm Reply

    What a gorgeous snapshot of this drink and I have never heard of it before your blog…sounds wonderful! Got to try this :)

  30. alwayshungryposted June 11, 2010 at 4:21 pm Reply

    In one swift movement I turn my head to look out my window at my lavander. It still there!
    No flowers but your recipe only calls for the leaves so tomarrow…Lavender lemonade!!
    Thank you so much for the inspiration! And please thank your neighbor too!

  31. Cajun Chef Ryanposted June 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm Reply

    Great lemonade recipe there, thank you for sharing it with us!

    Bon appetit!
    CCR
    =:~)

  32. citronetvanilleposted June 12, 2010 at 5:59 am Reply

    OH my goodness, if only you knew how I love lavender in food (not in scent)! I could add it everyhwhere. That lemonade seems to be divine!

  33. eleniposted June 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm Reply

    Ohhh so nice… I love lavender, I have a lot in the garden, I have a lemon tree too and with this heat -I do not like the summer – at least I can enjoy this refreshing drink…!!

  34. Joudie's Mood Foodposted June 12, 2010 at 7:39 pm Reply

    This is so beautiful and so summery! I cant wait for the sun to come out here in london so i can enjoy this to the max!

  35. Lazaro Cooks!posted June 13, 2010 at 1:19 pm Reply

    I love lavender. I use it quite a bit in my cuisine. Beautiful photos.

    Cheers!

  36. Emily Malloy (Ziegler)posted June 14, 2010 at 12:45 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh! Great minds do think alike :-) I looove your photos. Simply gorgeous!

  37. The Purple Foodieposted June 15, 2010 at 4:07 am Reply

    I wish I could grow lavender here :( The idea of a lavender scented lemonade is brilliant.

  38. Rickposted June 15, 2010 at 11:19 am Reply

    It is like a grown up lemonade! That would be perfect for a tea party.

  39. hopeeternalcookbookposted June 17, 2010 at 11:58 pm Reply

    This sounds amazing. I love lavender and am always looking out for new ways to use it in recipes. Such an unusual idea: thanks for sharing it.
    hopeeternal
    'Meanderings through my Cookbook'
    http://www.hopeeternalcookbook.wordpress.com

  40. Cassandraposted June 21, 2010 at 9:37 pm Reply

    I love beverages like this for the summer…something a little more interesting than plain lemonade or iced tea.

  41. Wheels and Lollipopsposted June 24, 2010 at 3:40 pm Reply

    You made me smile when you wrote about Asheville. Seems that I always choose the right day to check your newest updates (granted I'm behind today). Good lemonade is hard to find so only for that I love this post and using the quintessential French touch -lavender !! Going to try this this weekend.

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  43. Rashida Yzquierdoposted May 24, 2013 at 10:03 am Reply

    Lemon juice and rind are used to make marmalade and lemon liqueur. Lemon slices and lemon rind are used as a garnish for food and drinks. Lemon zest, the grated outer rind of the fruit, is used to add flavor to baked goods, puddings, rice and other dishes.,..-..

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  45. Dannielleposted January 21, 2015 at 1:08 pm Reply

    I was expecting there to be lavender essential oil involved. I wonder what it would do to the blend just one or two drops?? :-)

  46. Auntiepatchposted July 2, 2016 at 1:57 pm Reply

    My husband just trimmed back the lavender! I’m making lavender lemonade! Thanks!

  47. Emily @ Life on Foodposted July 2, 2016 at 8:22 pm Reply

    I adore lavender. This lemonade sounds delicious. Going to pick some right now!

  48. Reginaposted April 25, 2017 at 1:41 pm Reply

    Where can you buy fresh lavender sprigs typically?

    • Sommerposted May 7, 2017 at 12:22 pm Reply

      Some grocery stores have them, but you could always buy a plant and use it all season. You can also find dried culinary lavender buds at speciality stores.