July 17, 2012

Lavender Lemonade


I am absolutely enamoured with this lavender lemonade.

Isn't it beautiful? 

Such a calming and comforting shade of pink.  Like the inside of a polished seashell.  You know, those big ones you hold up to your ear and you're supposed to hear the ocean?



On a recent mountain cabin get-away girls' weekend with one of my friends, we went poking around some shops in a little mountain town.  I stumbled across a section in the back corner of one of these little shops dedicated to lavender products from Mountain Farm, a lavender (and blueberry and dairy goat) farm in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina.

Since many of the products had to do with cooking, I ... of course ... 'got stuck' in this corner for quite some time ... reading all the product labels, my mind swirling with ideas.

I'd never cooked with lavender.  And I was intrigued.  I swear I could have bought every product in there.

I settled on just three.  Pretty good restraint on my part.

One of them was this A Taste of Lavender cookbook from Mountain Farm, with a little packet of dried lavender in the back.

As soon as I got home I gave Mountain Farm's lavender lemonade recipe a try.

And I love it.  Lemonade infused with the florally fragrant taste of lavender.  But not too much, so it's overpowering.  It was just right to me.


Over ice, a glass is perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day.  Yup, I'll be making this again ... for sure.

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Lavender Lemonade
Source:  Adapted from A Taste of Lavender: Culinary Delights from Mountain Farm compiled by Linda Thompson & Marilyn Cade

Ingredients
For 2 quarts:
4 sprigs fresh lavender (flowers & stems) or about 1 T. dried lavender flowers
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
1/4 c. fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
2 quarts water


Directions
1.  Bring water and sugar to a boil in a large saucepan.  When sugar is dissolved, remove from heat.  

2.  Add lavender, lemon juice, and lime juice.  Cool to room temperature, strain, and chill.

3.  Serve over ice garnished with lemon slices and lavender sprigs.

Enjoy!



16 comments:

  1. Tracey--- my mouth is WATERING! I have some lemonade in the fridge and I am SOOOOO gonna add a few sprigs to it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. I made some lavender infused vodka for my sister and we discovered how delicious it is in lemonade. So if you're lookin' for a little kick..... :)

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  3. Insanely delicious looking.

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  4. Lavender lemonade is a very Provencal thing to do! I like the addition of the lime juice. Looking forward to trying this.

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  5. Yum! That sounds so refreshing and so tasty too. I will have to try this when Summer arrives Down Under. I might even try Mindy's idea of adding a little kick of lavender vodka to the mix!

    Best wishes and thanks for sharing your recipe!

    PS If you feel like linking up to another party, my say G'day Saturday party has just started and I would be honoured if you could link up this great post.

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  6. This lavender lemonade looks really good. It reminds me of raspberry lemonade, which is one of my favorites. I've never thought of using lavender for drinks like this before (except for lavender tea and tincture). I really don't know how people come up with these ideas, but I'm excited to try it. I wonder what health benefits this drink has?

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  7. I have been want to try using lavender in a recipe...and this is just the way to do it! I got some fresh lavender in the veggie box and it needs to be used! Love the soft pink of the lemonade...very pretty.

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  8. I am going to do a post on Monday of summer drinks. I hope you don't mind if I include it and tweet about it a little next week. I'll pin it now.

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  9. Hi Tracey,
    What a lovely presentation for your Lavender Lemonade, I just love lavender. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  10. A friend of mine owns a lavender farm and makes lavender lemonade. It is soooo good!

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  11. Ooh, this looks super refreshing and yummy! I love your photography, too!! :)
    Thank you so much for sharing {nifty thrifty sunday} last week! You will be featured at this week's party!
    xo! Vanessa

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  12. Yumm! I can't wait to try this.

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  13. Just wanted you to know that I will promoting your lemonade this week as part of my post on summer drinks. It is lovely.

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  14. I made this with limes from our tree. Was soooo delicious and I can't wait to try it with lemons next time! Such a great recipe!

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  15. Sounds delish and looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing at SAturday Dishes, pinned to my Sat. Dishes board. ~ Paula

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