An easy, almost-homemade, lavender lemonade recipe that uses either fresh lemons or lemon juice concentrate. Either way it’s delicious!
Are you looking for a refreshing and delightful summer drink that’s easy to make? Look no further! Lavender lemonade is not only the perfect thirst-quencher for a hot summer day, but it’s also a beautiful and elegant beverage that adds a touch of sophistication to any gathering. With its lovely color, fragrant aroma, and floral flavor, a delightful glass of lavender lemonade is sure to impress your friends and family.
Why This Recipe Works
- Refreshing flavor: lavender lemonade combines the zesty taste of lemon with the calming taste of lavender, creating a unique, semi-homemade drink option that’s perfect for any occasion.
- Health-boosting benefits: this lovely beverage not only tastes amazing, but it also packs a punch with its immune-boosting Vitamin C from lemon juice, and stress-relieving properties from lavender.
- Presentation: with its gorgeous color and charming lavender garnish, lavender lemonade makes for stunning drink. It’s especially fun to serve it in individual bottles with striped straws.
How To Make Homemade Lavender Lemonade
Prepare, up to a week in advance, your lavender simple syrup, made with dried lavender.
To prepare the lemonade, follow these steps:
- Into a large pitcher add the lemon juice, lavender simple syrup, vanilla, and 4 cups of cold water. Start with 4 cups of water and taste it. If it’s too strong for your taste buds, then add additional water in half cup increments.
- Stir the mixture well and chill for 1 hour.
- Garnish suggestions: fresh lemon slices, fresh lavender sprigs, sprigs of mint.
Store-bought Lavender Simple Syrup
If you’re short on time, or just looking for a convenient alternative to making your own lavender simple syrup, don’t worry – I’ve got you covered! You can still enjoy a delicious glass of lavender lemonade with this handy shortcut. Head to your local specialty store or check online retailers for store-bought lavender syrup. Brands like Monin and Torani offer high-quality, ready-to-use lavender syrups that will save you time and effort. I do encourage you to try your hand at making your own lavender simple syrup because it’s very easy, and takes hardly any time at all!
Try Lemonade Concentrate
The first couple of times I made this lavender lemonade recipe, I bought regular lemons, and I used freshly squeezed lemon juice…and it is delicious. However, let’s be honest. Juicing fresh lemons isn’t for everyone, and I know some of you don’t have time. So, as always, to simplify things I found a shortcut. I discovered Minute Maid pure lemon juice from concentrate in the freezer section of my grocery store. It’s in the same case as the frozen juice. Some of you might be able to taste the difference, but I could not. Since it’s frozen, it is easy to keep on hand, and it’s a big time-saver.
- Choose your lavender wisely: when making lavender lemonade, be sure your simple syrup is made with culinary lavender or food grade English lavender (usually Lavandula angustifolia) to ensure it’s safe for consumption. Avoid using types of lavender from florists or craft stores, as they may have been treated with chemicals that aren’t food-safe.
- Don’t overdo it with the lavender: consider the strength of the lavender simple syrup. You can always adjust the amount of lavender syrup according to your taste preferences, but it’s best to start with a small amount and build up from there.
- Make a lavender lemonade cocktail: simply add a splash of vodka, or your favorite liquor, to a 12 oz. tall glass of lavender lemonade. Stir and enjoy.
- For a fun twist, make a pitcher of lavender lemonade with sparkling water.
- 1 or 2 drops of purple or blue food coloring can be added for a bit more color.
- For maximum impact, serve from a crystal pitcher into clear glasses over ice. Garnish with fresh lemon slices.
- This recipe can be easily doubled.
Frequently Asked Questions
I love the taste of lavender, but it does have a strong, sort of woodsy taste. For culinary use, a little bit of lavender goes a long way. One way to compliment and tone down that taste is to pair lavender with another flavor that’s equally as strong. That’s why lavender and lemon are the perfect pair. This lavender lemonade recipe is made with simple syrup, so the actual lavender taste is light, and in the background.
You can store lavender lemonade in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Just make sure to keep it in an airtight container or pitcher to preserve its freshness and flavor. Give it a gentle stir before serving, as some settling may occur.
Yes…you can replace the sugar in the lavender simple syrup with a sugar substitute like Stevia. The ratio is different, so make sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for substituting Stevia for sugar.
Lavender lemonade is a fabulous addition to any event, especially during the hot days of summer! The best way to serve it is in a large, clear glass pitcher for easy self-service. You can also set up a DIY lavender lemonade bar, providing different garnishes, such as fresh lavender flowers and lemon slices for guests to customize their drinks.
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Lavender Lemonade Recipe
- 7.5 oz. Minute Maid Pure Lemon Juice from Concentrate (found in the freezer section with the juice)
- 3/4 cup lavender simple syrup
- 4 cups cold water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- fresh lemon slices
- In a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice, lavender simple syrup, vanilla, and water.
- Stir so all is combined.
- Taste the lemonade. If you want it sweeter with a stronger lavender taste, add more simple syrup. If it's too strong, add more water in half cup increments.
- Place in refrigerator and chill for 1 hour.
- Serve with fresh lemon slices, fresh lavender blossoms, or fresh mint.