Dried Lavender Lemonade

         If there's lavender in the garden, there's a treat to be had in the kitchen.  Lemonade is good, but lavender lemonade is delicious!  As we were moving into our new home, a neighbor brought over a large pitcher of the tasty drink, disposable cups and all; what a treat!  Even the movers loved it!  

          If you haven't tried it yet, here's a recipe from ehow.com that shows you how it's done:

  1
Pour 1 cup of white sugar in a medium saucepan. Add 2 cups of water to the pan and bring the sugar water to a boil, just enough to dissolve the sugar.

  2
Pour 1 tablespoon of dried lavender blooms into the sugar mixture. Only add the blooms, not the stems or leaves. Turn off the heat to the pot and place a tight-fitting lid on it. Allow the mixture to steep in the pot for a half hour to several hours. The longer you let the syrup steep, the more intense flavor of lavender your drink will have.

  3
Place a medium sized bowl in your sink. Place a sieve or colander on top of the bowl. Carefully pour the liquid through the sieve sifting out the lavender. Pour slowly so you do not spill any of the water mixture.

  4
Pour the sugar mixture into a clear glass picture.

  5
Squeeze 6 large lemons. Massage the lemons before juicing them to extract the most liquid. Remove lemon seeds and add the juice to the glass picture.

  6
Add 2 more cups of water to the pitcher. Stir the mixture well with a large wooden spoon.

  7
Fill glasses with ice and add lavender lemonade. Keep extra lemonade in the refrigerator until you are ready to use again.


 P.S.- To harvest lavender, cut the stems to make a bundle and hang them upside-down in a dark, dry room for a week.  Then gently remove the flowers from the stem and store in a container away from light.

{Note: not all lavender is created equal.  The best culinary lavender species is Lavandula Angustifolia, also knows as True Lavender or Vera.  Other types may be bitter.}

{Some of my information was obtained from Andrea Meyers at Andrea's Recipes.}

h. rae 

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