Food & Entertaining - Garden to Table

Lavender lemonade

Add a touch of floral flavour to this refreshing summer drink


Makes 11 cups (2.75 L)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250 mL) fresh (tightly packed) or dried lavender buds
  • 2 cups (500 mL) boiling water
  • 8 cups (2 L) cold water
  • 1 cup (250 mL) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup (250 mL) sugar
  • Lavender stems and fresh strawberries for garnish

Preparation
In a non-reactive (such as stainless steel) saucepan, steep lavender in boiling water for 15 minutes; pour through a clean coffee filter.

In a large pitcher, stir together cold water, lemon juice and sugar. Add lavender infusion, ice, lemon slices and fresh lavender blossoms. Serve with strawberries skewered with lavender stems.

 

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