we.sip | lavender lemonade


what’s not to love about lazy summer days. soaking up the sun is one of those things that’s hard to do with a bad attitude. if you’re sipping on a condensation-covered glass of ice cold lemonade…then. well, you’ve got it made.

this week leslie shows us how to make lavender lemonade, accompanied as always with her gorgeous pictures.

A couple months back, I met up with my closest girlfriend that I hadn’t seen for probably 3 months. I have been traveling so much for work and she is always so busy with her own work, we just never had a spare moment to relax, catch up, and just enjoy each other’s company. Finally I was home for more than a week, and she had a free day, so we were able to schedule a couple hours of uninterrupted time for just her and I.

It was her pick on where to meet for lunch. She brought me to this place called Native Foods, which I always wondered about but never stopped in to try their food (since I try to be frugal and healthy, I rarely eat out, but she is always an exception!). She has been a vegetarian for about a year now and (of course) looks stunning, is always telling me how great she feels, and how she has so much energy. Little did I know, Native Foods is a Vegan restaurant. I was a little skeptical but she assured me that I would LOVE this place.

It is true, I do love that place! Especially their famous Lavender Lemonade. The other day I was desperately craving a cold glass of it, but I just couldn’t live to pay $2.50 for a glass (yes they have free refills), but I’d rather have an entire pitcher at home! I scoured the Internet trying to find their exact recipe, and I think I came upon one that isn’t too far off. This is a relatively inexpensive drink (when lemons are at a good price). You may be wondering where to find cooking lavender…any organic grocery store such as Sprouts or Whole Foods should carry it in their bulk seasoning section. It’s so cheap…$1/oz. Which is about all you need for this recipe. (I got extra because I love the smell of lavender.)

I hope you enjoy this relaxing, floral twist on a traditional classic.

post by alex michael may. photos and recipe adapted by leslie grow.

Lavender Lemonade:
Yield: 6 servings
Prep time: 15min, Cook time: 15min
Adapted from: spoonwithme.com (syrup), allrecipes.com (lemonade)

1 Cup sugar
6 Cups cold water
3 Tbsp. (1.5oz) dried lavender flowers
1 Cup lemon juice freshly squeezed 6-8 lemons (best at room temp.)
½ Cup to 1 Cup lavender simple syrup

Lavender Simple Syrup
1 Cup sugar
1 Cup water
3 Tbsp. (1.5oz) dried lavender flowers

Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, over high heat. Immediately remove from heat, stir in lavender flowers, and allow to sit until cooled to room temperature. Strain, pressing the lavender flowers to release oils. Can be refrigerated in a jar for up to 2 weeks.

1 Cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
½ to 1 Cup lavender simple syrup (add more syrup to mix if you like it sweeter)
5 cups cold water

Stir all ingredients together in a pitcher. Serve over ice.

*Optional: Frozen fruit ice cubes
Add a couple blueberries, raspberries or strawberries to the water of ice cubes, let freeze.