We seem to be having a bit of a late summer at the moment- gorgeous sunny skies and lovely warm temperatures. I love summer in September! To celebrate, I thought I would make a lovely, zingy fresh lavender lemonade. It goes a fantastic pale pink colour too, which is an added bonus. When we were in New York in August, these sort of drinks were everywhere and so refreshing!
Lavender is my all time favourite garden herb. It can verge on being old ladyish, but I still love it. Luckily, my parents have a garden full of it so I helped myself to a good handful of various varieties! You can use fresh lavender flowers, or ones that have been dried- just give the fresh ones a shake for any insects first. (Hey, it's the freshest you can possibly get!).
All you need for this recipe is lemons, lavender, sugar and water.
Add the lavender to the boiling water, simmer for a couple of minutes and then leave for another 10 minutes to let the lavender really steep.
Then, drain the lavender from the water and put the water back into the pot. Add the sugar and once dissolved, add the cold water. Then squeeze the lemon juice into the pot. This is when it turns pink that lovely pale pink colour (any idea why?!).
That is it! You can then drain again to remove the lemon pips and pulp, or leave as is if you would prefer a more rustic version.
Then serve with lots of ice! You can also add a shot of vodka for a lovely refreshing cocktail- delicious (and perfect for a late summer, sunny Friday night).