Making homemade lemonade is one of the many things I look forward to as the weather starts to warm. In fact, it has become quite a tradition for us during the summer and is one of our favorite beverages to serve at parties. It seriously is the greatest party beverage because it’s suitable for all ages and super versatile with endless flavor combos. Kids can enjoy it as is, and adults can add spirits if they so prefer.
One of the main sips for our guests at my daughter’s Spring in Paris 1st birthday last weekend was a lemonade infused with lavender simple syrup to accompany our french fare. I made the simple syrup a few days in advance and froze it into ice-cube trays to keep it fresh. A few hours before the party, I let the syrup thaw and mixed it into the lemonade until the flavor was just right. The technique worked out great and everyone seemed to enjoy the flavor combo! Refreshing, tangy and floral, with subtle notes and an aroma, yet not too overpowering.
After the party was over the lavender lemonade was gone, but luckily I had leftover simple syrup cubes in the freezer to spare, so I made individual servings for my hubby and I to enjoy. This time around I topped them with Perrier (sparkling water) for a fun little twist.
To make these, you’ll want to prep the syrup first.
Lavender Simple Syrup
2 cups water
1 cup sugar.
1/4 cup dried lavender pods for culinary use. We found ours at the local Farmer’s Market.
Pour ingredients into a metal pot and bring to boil.
Allow to boil for and then reduce heat to medium allowing to cook for 2-5 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Strain and chill.
(I made 2 batches of this and reused the strained lavender pods for the second batch..the flavor still came through.)
If you won’t be using the syrup right away, pour it into ice-cube trays to preserve and keep fresh. Because of the sugar content, the cubes will only semi freeze, but they can still be easily transfer from the ice-cube tray into a container or ziplock bag for easy storage.
Lavender simple syrup recipe adapted from Sheknows.com
This recipe is for 6 individual servings of lemonade, but can easily be transformed into a large batch for parties and celebrations see below for instructions.
1 whole lemon freshly squeezed
6 cubes of lavender simply syrup
3 16 oz bottles Perrier or other sparkling water
Rosemary, Lemon wedges and Lavender springs for garnish (optional)
(double ingredients for if using full size glass)
Pour 1 tablespoon lemon juice into the bottom of each champagne glass.
Followed by 1-2 lavender simple syrup cubes (depending on how sweet you like it) I prefer just 1.
Top with sparkling water and allow simple syrup cubes to melt in the sparkling water.
Give it a light stir.
For enough to serve 12 or more, you’ll need the the juice of 8 lemons and 12 cubes of frozen lavender simple syrup (or 1 cooled batch) and approximately 1/2 to 3/4 of a gallon (8 to 12 cups) purified water. Simply mix the ingredients to taste until the desired flavor is reached. If using the frozen lavender cubes, use room temperature water and the lavender syrup will melt quickly while also chilling the lemonade.
posh little tip – transform this lemonade into the perfect summer cocktail by adding champagne or your favorite spirits. A great beverage option for bridal showers, luncheons or family celebrations.
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