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Lavender Lemonade Recipe

I never knew you could cook with lavender until I was on vacation in France. I was served a refreshing lavender and vanilla scented lemonade that just hit the spot on that warm, sunny afternoon. —Susan Hein, Burlington, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + standing YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 to 7 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 6 large lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ice cubes

Directions

  • 1. Bring 2 cups water and sugar to a boil. Remove from the heat; add lavender. Cover and let stand for 2-4 hours.
  • 2. Strain, discarding lavender. Stir in lemon juice, vanilla and remaining water. Chill; serve over ice. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: Look for dried lavender flowers in spice shops. If using lavender from the garden, make sure it hasn’t been treated with chemicals.

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speechteachri
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2014

"This recipe is delicious and perfect as written. I used fresh squeezed lemons and dried lavender blossoms, and doubled the recipe for my Easter dinner. Lovely!"

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Danipooh02
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2013

"This is most definitely TERRIFIC! Even my picky young son liked it. Will definitely become a staple around my house!"

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Summy
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2013

"I made this one year ago, for my mom's memorial service. I had told her about the recipe while she was bedridden, and she smiled and wished she could have tasted it. She was an avid cook...one of the first to publicly offer recipes to cook using turkey parts (Lisa Bacon's Turkey Cookbook). I made it for her memorial reception and this lemonade disappeared fast. I had several requests for the recipe. I'm so glad I got to use fresh lavender from my garden in honor of my mom. I have heard the English Lavender is the sweetest. I'm using the leaves from this tonight, and hoping for more great results. And, yes, fresh lemon juice is best, but in a pinch I'd use the bottled stuff too. :)"

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ms11145
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"While I liked it okay, the rest of my family didn't like it. The lavender was just a little over the top for them. Again, I personally would make it again just for me, but not to serve to my family. Fresh lemons were used."

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Flutterby86
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2013

"Very refreshing!"

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Peispuds
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2013

"So refreshing, and easy to make"

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smiley-50
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

"Absolutely fantastic. Almost addicting - it was so good. Shared with a neighbor - she had the same reaction."

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bloom220
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2012

"This was delightful and refreshing. I got my lavender flowers from Milford Spice Company... check out any online Spice Company."

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sstetzel
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

"Many natural foods stores carry them, I've also seen them available on-line."

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beboppin247
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

"I have no sun garden. Where does one obtain dried lavender flowers?"

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MRM44
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"Totally Awesome!!!"

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asather63
Reviewed May. 30, 2011

"Very refreshing, was a great change."

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tbearmom03
Reviewed May. 30, 2011

"Arloween - Have not tried this, but use lavender in Earl Grey tea frequently. I'm anxious to try this, and will definitely use fresh lemon juice. The bottled just doesn't have the fresh flavor. It will make a difference."

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Arloween
Reviewed May. 29, 2011

"My question is do you fresh squeezed lemon juice or do you use lemon juice from the bottle? Does it make a difference?"

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Arloween
Reviewed May. 29, 2011

"My question is do you fresh squeezed lemon juice or do you use lemon juice from the bottle? Does it make a difference?"

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pattysoule
Reviewed May. 29, 2011

"I have made this recipe before and it is delish. I definitely will make it again. We have our garden lavendar. No chemicals."

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pattysoule
Reviewed May. 29, 2011

"I have made this recipe before and it is delish. I definitely will make it again. We have our garden lavendar. No chemicals."

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B.Cakes
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

"The taste is heavenly!! I just love the fact that it's easy to make and homemade."

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thecollettes412
Reviewed May. 11, 2010

"I must say that I never would have paired lavendar and lemons but the mix is delightful! Even my college aged kids liked it. The lavendar just adds an extra layer of flavor that makes the lemonade sweeter and richer. I used fresh flowers and leaves right from the garden. This will be a favorite drink for our house for a long time to come. Thanks for sharing the recipe!"

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