I usually try to steer clear of sugary drinks and stick to
wine water for my main source of fluid intake. I mean, really, if I’m going to ingest extra calories, it’s going to be in a burger and fries, not the soda. That being said, summer is the time of year when sweet, cold beverages sound amazing. Sometimes you just need to give in to temptation and drink the cool aid lemonade.
My mouth is watering as I type. The tart lemons, sweet sugar and floral lavender come together to create something delightful: an explosion in your mouth, a lip-smackin’ good time…you get the picture.
As a kid, I partook in the stereotypical lemonade stand with my siblings. Business was good, we had some regulars, but they were probably just there for the carwash. What can I say? We monopolized the market on Via Cereza street. We might have been able to open up a few different locations, had we known to just add some lavender.
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
5 tablespoons dried lavender buds
The juice of 6 lemons
In a medium sauce pan, combine the water, sugar and lavender and bring to a boil over medium/high heat. Boil about 2 minutes; keep your eye on the syrup mixture, it tends to want to boil over. Set aside to cool.
Juice and strain your lemons, depending on the size, you should get 1-1 1/2 cups of juice.
When the syrup mixture has cooled, strain the lavender and discard. Mix the syrup and the lemon juice together in a pitcher and add cold water to taste. I probably added about 4 cups. Add some
vodka ice and you are ready to be lounging, poolside!