Lavender lemonade is not only gorgeous and fragrant, but it’s also a delicious, refreshing drink that is the perfect way to beat the heat. And it has many incredible health benefits too, so it’s also great for you.
Everyone enjoys a nice cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer’s day. But adding a touch of lavender makes it a whole new ballgame!
So, impress your guests this summer with one of our favorite lavender lemonade recipes. You can make all of them with either plain water or sparkling water for a little extra zip.
Lavender lemonade is also fantastic with a shot or two of vodka. Or you can add a shot of tequila for a lavender lemonade margarita.
There’s a Lot to Love About Lavender
Lavender, nicknamed “the herb of love” is a cousin of the mint plant. The lavender plant features violet flowers and pale grey or green leaves. You can find lavender growing throughout southern Europe, Australia, and the United States.
You may have used soaps that contain lavender, but lavender doesn’t just smell amazing. Believe it or not, you can eat it too.
Lavender has a pleasant, but slightly bitter flavor, and it’s the perfect addition to lemonade.
Another thing that we love about it is that it contains only a few calories per tablespoon and it contains no fat or cholesterol.
And that’s not all.
Lavender also has many incredible health benefits.
You can use this beautiful flower for several home remedies. Lavender helps with:
- The common cold
- Skin irritations
- Digestive issues
The Best Lavender Lemonade Recipes
Here are three of our favorite lavender lemonade recipes.
1. Sparkling Lavender Lemonade
One of our favorite lavender lemonade recipes comes from the popular Los Angeles, food blogger Oh So Delicioso. We love this recipe because it’s super simple. It’s also refreshingly delicious! This recipe uses sparkling water, but if you want to skip the bubbles, you can make it with plain water.
This lavender lemonade recipe makes five servings. And each serving contains 165 calories.
For this recipe, you can use lavender essential oil, fresh lavender flowers, or dry lavender. Just make sure that you are using culinary lavender or food-grade essential oil.
What you need
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil or 1 tablespoon of dried lavender or 10 sprigs of fresh lavender
- 1 cup of lemon juice (about 6 juiced lemons)
- 3 cups of cold sparkling water
- 1 drop of purple food coloring (optional)
How you make it
You will start this recipe by making a simple syrup. Combine one cup of water with one cup of sugar in a small saucepan. If you’re using fresh or dried lavender, then you should add that to the pot too.
Bring the mixture to a simmer and stir until you completely dissolve the sugar. Then let the syrup cool to room temperature.
Next, you will use a fine mesh strainer to strain the lavender from the simple syrup.
Then combine the lemon juice, the simple syrup, and sparkling water in a one-quart pitcher. If you’re using lavender essential oil, then you will add two drops of the oil into the pitcher. You can then add the food coloring if you desire.
Serve with ice and lemon slices.
2. Sparkling Vodka Lavender Lemonade
Another of our favorite lavender lemonade recipes comes from The Toasted Pinenut. This cocktail is sure to be a big hit with the adults at your next cookout. You can also make up a batch without the vodka for the kids. They’ll love it too!
One of the things that we love about this recipe is that it doesn’t use sugar to sweeten the lemonade. Instead, it uses agave.
This recipe makes enough lemon syrup for four cocktails.
What you need for the lemon syrup
- 1/3 cup of lemon juice
- 2/3 cup of agave
What you need for each vodka lemonade
- 2 ounces of lemon syrup
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of culinary lavender
- 1 lemon slice
- 2 ounces of vodka
- About 8 ounces of plain sparkling water or club soda
How you make it
Start by combining the ingredients for the lemon syrup in a glass measuring cup, and mix well.
For the cocktail, you will next muddle together the lemon syrup, lavender, and lemon slice. This step allows the lavender flavor to release from the petals.
Next, you’ll add the vodka and mix well.
Then pour the vodka syrup mixture into a 12-ounce glass with ice and top with the sparkling water, and enjoy!
3. Martha Stewart’s Lavender-Infused Lemonade
If you love lemons, then you are going to love Marth Stewart’s Lavender-Infused Lemonade. This recipe is easy, and it uses plenty of lemons. The lavender adds an incredible flavor and brings with it many excellent health properties.
This lemonade can be refrigerated in an air-tight container for up to a week.
What you need
- 3 cups of granulated sugar
- 3 cups of water
- 1/4 cup of dried lavender
- 4 cups of fresh lemon juice (from 16 to 20 lemons)
- Lemon slices and fresh lavender sprigs for garnish
How you make it
Begin by bringing the sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan. Stir until the sugar completely dissolves.
Next, stir in the lavender.
Remove from the heat and let stand for about 10 minutes.
Then strain the mixture and discard the lavender. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature, and then stir in the lemon juice.
Serve over ice and garnish with the fresh lavender sprigs and the lemon slices.
A Final Thought on Lavender Lemonade
As I mentioned earlier, you want to be sure that you purchase lavender for cooking. The lavender sold at craft shops is not what you want to use.
You can find edible lavender at your local farmer’s market, or you can grow your own.
If you buy dried lavender, you should store it in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. And if you purchase fresh lavender, you can wrap it in a moist paper towel and keep it in the fridge for several days.
Now we want to hear from you! Let us know in the comments section below how you like our lavender lemonade recipes. And share with our readers if you have another great recipe idea for lavender lemonade.
When life gives you lemons, add lavender and turn them into something delicious!