Monday, June 9, 2014

Strawberry Lavender LEMONADE

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Today we are making a delicious...
                                               strawberry
                                                        + lavender
                                         LEMONADE

...and sweeten it with homemade lavender syrup.  This lemonade sounds unnecessarily fancy and complicated, but it’s actually really simple to make.  Strawberries and lavender are both in season right now and these fragrant beauties are everywhere.  With just these two seasonal ingredients, you can take an ordinary refreshment and make it extraordinary.  What a fruity and refreshing drink.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the first hot days of summer and strawberry season.  So yummy! 
Let’s go flowers and strawberry picking!  Oh, how I ♡ June for it’s pretty and awesome bounty.

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The following recipe makes a 16 oz. glass of lemonade and enough lavender syrup for several drinks. 


Lemonade
  • 1 Lemon;  juiced
  • 5 fresh Strawberries
  • 5 sprigs of fresh Lavender;  flowers
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • Water

Preparations:
  • The first step in this recipe is to prepare a lavender simple syrup.  
  • Rinse the lavender flowers and remove the stems.
  • In a small pot, heat 1 cup of water.  When the water starts boiling, stir the sugar into it and let the mixture come back to a boil while stirring continuously.  At this point, reduce the heat, drop the lavender flowers into the sugary water and let everything simmer for about 5 minutes.  Allow the syrup to cool and then strain out the lavender.
  • Meanwhile, wash and clean the strawberries and also juice the lemon.
  • Combine 3 tablespoons of lavender syrup with the lemon juice and the berries into a bowl before processing with an immersion blender.
  • When the mixture is blended smoothly, transfer it into a 16oz. glass, fill the rest of the glass with cold water and stir everything together.
  • Grab your favorite straw and enjoy!
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