When Life Gives You Lavender, make French Lavender Lemonade.
We live in an old neighborhood with mature trees clustered about, and homes dating back to the 1890’s.
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.
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!?!
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*
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
- 10 cups water, divided
- 3 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup lavender leaves roughly chopped
- 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 9-11 lemons
- Fresh lavender sprigs for garnishing
In a medium saucepan, combine 5 cups of water with sugar and lavender leaves. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir and cover. Then remove from heat and allow the lavender to steep until the mixture returns to room temperature.
- Squeeze the lemons, and removing any runaway seeds. When the lavender simple syrup has cooled, strain out the lavender leaves. Pour the syrup, lemon juice, and another 5 cups of water into a large pitcher.
- Add ice and garnish with delicate lavender sprigs!