I stole this recipe from my mother, who discovered it thanks to the book Discover Cooking with Lavender by Kathy Gehrt. Sigh, isn’t that always how it works? Stealing recipes?
Stolen or not, it is very tasty. A little time consuming, a lot of lemon squeezing, but perfect for the heat. Especially if you have lavender in your garden…
Honey Ginger Lavender Lemonade
Full of flavor, this drink is a welcome refreshment on a summer day. Add a shot of vodka for an adult cocktail.
3 cups water
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup minced, peeled, fresh ginger
1 tablespoon dried or fresh lavender buds
1 ¼ cups fresh lemon juice
1. Combine 1 cup water, honey, sugar, ginger and lavender buds in a heavy medium saucepan.
2. Boil mixture for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar.
3. Cool for 30 minutes. Strain syrup (to remove ginger and lavender buds) into a 2 quart pitcher.
4. Mix in lemon juice and remaining 2 cups water. Fill pitcher with ice. Let stand 5 minutes.
5. Fill 6 tall glasses with ice, then fill them with lemonade. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh lavender flowers.
Ah, summer. Lemonade, sun, and even some beach action!