Today was hot; tomorrow is supposed to be hotter, it's supposed to reach 103 F. So I am making some lavender lemonade to help cope with the heat. Lavender does not taste like it's fragrance. It's kind of tangy. You know how when you drink regular lemonade you get some phlegm in your mouth afterwards. Well with lavender lemonade that doesn't happen.
2 tablespoons dried lavender buds
4 cups water
12 lemons juiced or 1 can frozen lemonade
sugar to taste if using fresh lemons
Measure out two tablespoons of dried lavender buds. Meanwhile take two cups of the water and bring it to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once it starts to boil shut the heat off, then stir in the dried lavender buds and let them steep in the water till it is room temperature. Do not boil the lavender buds or they will be bitter.
In the meantime, start squeezing your lemons. I picked mine from our Meyer variegated lemon tree which produced pink lemons. See the tinge of pink on the skin and the pink tint to the inside. You'll need about 12 small or six large lemons for a large pitcher full. If you don't have fresh lemons, don't worry, just use frozen pink lemonade. The pink lemonade is better because the lavender buds turn the water a bit green and no one wants to drink green lemonade, pink is much better. After the lavender water has cooled down, drain the buds off and use this water for half of your lemonade water and then add in the other two cups of water. It's easy and it's good.
If you're feeling adventuresome you can add a little tequila to your lemonade. Have a good weekend.