Nothing says SUMMER like homemade lemonade! While, many versions are packed with sugar, this refreshing recipe uses a touch of local honey, sparkling water, a variety of citrus and FRESH lavender to quench your thirst and treat your tastebuds.
Fresh lavender may pop up at your local farmer’s market, in your CSA box, or even in your own backyard. This versatile herb is often used in essential oil form, or the flowers are dried and utilized in homemade body care products. However, I love to take advantage of this BEAUTIFUL plant in the kitchen as well. This KID-APPROVED (and not just by my kids, but also by their little neighborhood buddies) special drink will put smiles on faces for sure.
(Local honey with honeycomb)
(Fresh lavender simple syrup being made)
- ½ cup raw local honey (you may use even less - to taste)
- 10 sprigs fresh lavender
- 1 cup water
- Juice from 3 lemons
- Juice from 1½ limes
- Juice from 1 medium orange
- 4 cups sparkling water
- Add honey, lavender sprigs and water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and gently cook, stirring until honey is dissolved. Keep the pot over low heat for about 5 minutes while the lavender flavor diffuses into the "simple syrup."
- Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Using a fine mesh strainer, strain out the lavender sprigs, catching the liquid in a 1 Quart pitcher.
- Pour in juice from lemons, limes and orange. Add sparkling water and give it all a good stir.
- Add ice to your liking.