May 30, 2016
Memorial Day is on the verge of summer and lemonade is a favorite seasonal beverage. There’s a pitcher full of lavender lemonade in my fridge for the holiday. Here’s my story about the summer drink.
My introduction to lavender lemonade came about four years ago when we were staying in Santa Barbara. I met a friend from college for lunch. She lives in Ojai and brought me a bottle of Ojai Lavender Lemonade.
It was a refreshing drink after our hike the next day. I was smitten and decided then to try and replicate the lavender lemonade.
I was determined to replicate the ethereal lemon beverage. I searched for recipes on the internet and selected one that I thought would be just lightly lavender like the Ojai Lavender Lemonade (which you can read about here and find where you can buy it in CA, AZ, NV and HI).
In comparing recipes, the steeping time and amount of lavender seemed to be the most important considerations.
Here’s the recipe I chose and use every year when my lavender blooms. A neighbor keeps me in lemons from her tree.
4 cups of water, divided
¾-1 cup sugar
4-5 lavender flowers
1½ cups lemon juice
2 cups of ice cubes (optional)
Mix 3 cups of water with the sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil on the stove. Stir to make sure the sugar is dissolved and add the lavender buds. Remove from the heat and let steep for at least 10 minutes. The longer you steep the stronger the lavender flavor. (I removed the lavender after 15 minutes).
Pour lemon juice and remaining 1 cup water into a glass pitcher. Strain lavender-sugar syrup and pour into the pitcher. Add ice and mix well. (Or serve over ice). Recipe source (Adapted)
My lavender lemonade is lightly lavender. The aroma hovers as I sip and it tastes ever so slightly of lavender. Just as I remember my first lavender lemonade.