Sunday, July 15, 2012

Lavender Lemonade and Cool Stuff


"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." 

~Sam Keen



This lavender lemonade is my new favorite drink! It's refreshing, unique and just plain delicious. I love the taste of lavender, the smell of lavender, I absolutely love lavender! We have many plants of it growing around our property, so I am fortunate to have access to it.

Recipe for the lemonade and some more pics below, now onto some cool stuff I'm liking this week.





Olive Oil Felted Lemon Meringue Pie Soap - This soap is covered in hand felted wool to give you a scrub while you wash. Made of olive oil and Shea butter. From MikeandDianeSoap. This soap sounds fresh and cool, perfect soap for summer.


Cat Cave/ Cat House Handmade from Natural Wool - From Grazim - What the heck! I've never seen anything like this, but what a great idea. How sweet is that cat? I think any cat would love to have a handmade house.





Handmade Wooden ABC Children's Blocks - By TinyGiraffeShop - These are so beautiful. I think they would make a great baby gift.



And now on to Lavender Lemonade Making!
One of our lavender bushes on the walk up to our house is out of control. The good thing about it though is that it gives you a lovely whiff of lavender on your walk up the path.



Straining the lavender buds



After you add the lemon juice, it suddenly turns pink!
 
 
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Silver plated tray and pitcher available at my Etsy Shop, House of Lucien.



Lavender Lemonade

You can harvest your own lavender flowers, or buy culinary lavender from a well stocked grocery store. If you are using dried, I'd use a bit less.

Recipe from Local Harvest's newsletter


Ingredients

1 Tablespoon fresh lavender flowers (that have not been sprayed) Or if using dried, I'd use half that.

1/3 - 1/2 cup (64 mg-100 mg) (78 ml - 118 ml) sugar or honey

1/3 cup (78 ml) fresh lemon juice - it took me 3 lemons - You can add more if you like it more tart


Directions

Boil 2 cups water in a small saucepan. Once it comes to a boil add the lavender flowers and remove from heat. Let steep for 10 minutes. Strain the flowers from the liquid. Add the lavender liquid to a 1 quart (4 cups) (946 ml) jar and add the sugar or honey. (add the lesser amount, when you taste it later if you want it sweeter, add more to taste.) Shake it up to mix. Add the fresh lemon juice, then fill the jar the rest of the way with cold water. Refrigerate till cold. Taste it now and see if you need more sweetener, or if you want it more tart, add more lemon juice. Enjoy over ice.

14 comments:

Mindy said...

I made some lavender infused vodka for my sister and we have discovered how amazingly delicious it is in lemonade. Your non-alcoholic version sounds delicious.

The Alchemist said...

Mindy - wow, lavender infused vodka sounds so delicious, I'm going to try that. Thanks for the idea!

Baked In The South said...

Love this! Thanks for sharing! We would love to have you link up some of your recipes over at our party!

http://baked-inthesouth.blogspot.com/2012/07/made-it-by-monday-link-party.html

Erin @SalmonAtSeven said...

This looks lovely! I had a lavender-rosemary champagne cocktail the other day that was to die for, but this non-alcoholic lemonade would be perfect for a hot summer's day. Hopping over from Whatcha Whipped Up. I just relaunched as SalmonAtSeven, and would love if you stopped by one day soon!

Mich - Piece of Cake said...

Hi, I'm dropping by via Recipe Box. This drink looks so pretty and refreshing. I love your lavender plant, beautiful.

Cole. said...

That lemonade looks amazing!

p.s. I read this in your profile

"I guess I'm kind of like Zsa Zsa in Green Acres" and it made me smile, so much. I grew up on that show... wishing I was her. I still feel like that today, haha

Nicole
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Baked In The South said...

thanks for linking up! hope to see you next week!

Carole said...

Looks spectacular. I found this through Turning the Clock Back's What's Cooking Wednesday. I have linked in an attempt at meatballs. Have a lovely week.

Ps If you had time to link this in to my Food on Friday: Cocktails and Mocktails that would be great.

aimee said...

I love this i cant wait to try it i have never tried any lavender flavored food/drink before xxx

friarpuck said...

I don't have strong enough words for how tasty that sounds.

Miz Helen said...

What a beautiful presentation for this tasty Lavender Lemonade. We are going to really enjoy this recipe. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Amy said...

Thank you for featuring my blocks! :)

The Alchemist said...

Amy, you're welcome!! I'm happy to, I love them!

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