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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


  • 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


  • 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 User ID: 7771771 190684
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!"

Danipooh02 User ID: 1679122 176571
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2013

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

Summy User ID: 1386846 211648
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 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. :)"

ms11145 User ID: 1604521 191031
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."

Flutterby86 User ID: 7298153 128884
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2013

"Very refreshing!"

Peispuds User ID: 7095933 176569
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2013

"So refreshing, and easy to make"

smiley-50 User ID: 4773529 118104
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

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

bloom220 User ID: 6210227 191029
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2012

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

sstetzel User ID: 158954 118103
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

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

beboppin247 User ID: 1050566 104972
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2012

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

MRM44 User ID: 3442363 188928
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"Totally Awesome!!!"

asather63 User ID: 5275310 187096
Reviewed May. 30, 2011

"Very refreshing, was a great change."

tbearmom03 User ID: 503950 176567
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."

Arloween User ID: 5577101 172065
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?"

pattysoule User ID: 1507640 190682
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."

pattysoule User ID: 1507640 118101
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."

B.Cakes User ID: 5240219 188213
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

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

thecollettes412 User ID: 4921018 107889
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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