Design to Dish: Lavender Lemonade

Lemonade is the perfect summer drink—I plan on drinking it all summer long!—but add a little lavender and it skyrockets plain lemonade into a whole other dimension of ice-cold deliciousness. Lavender lemonade is one of those things that sounds fancy and sophisticated, and it tastes fancy and sophisticated! It’s too flavorful to chug; you have to serve it over lots of ice and take very refined sips. And the great thing is it takes exactly the same amount of work to make as plain lemonade. So make some this summer, you fancy, sophisticated person, you!

homemade lavender lemonade “Provincial Summer” fabric by Lulu and Isabelle | Lavender Lemonade (recipe below)

I really can’t get enough of the beautiful textiles Minted offers—my lavender lemonade recipe was actually inspired by this gorgeous “Provincial Summer” fabric by Lulu and Isabelle. Even though the climate where we live is far from Mediterranean, I still dream of planting endless fields of lavender. However, I might just have to settle for some pretty fabric and an ice-cold drink.

homemade lavender lemonade

Keep reading for this refreshing summer recipe…

Lavender Lemonade
4 or 5 large lemons
7 cups water, divided
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons food grade lavender buds (I bought mine on Amazon)

Wash the lemons in warm, soapy water and dry off. Cut lemons in half and juice enough to get 1 cup lemon juice; set aside, reserving lemon rinds. Combine sugar and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan. Cut 2 of the lemon rind halves into 4 pieces each, and add them and the lavender buds to the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until sugar is dissolved, then remove from heat and allow to steep for 1 hour. Pour remaining 6 cups water into a large pitcher. Set a fine mesh sieve over the mouth of the pitcher and pour the reserved lemon juice through it. Pour the lavender syrup through the sieve as well. Stir the lavender lemonade and refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice.

homemade lavender lemonade

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  1. lulu and isabelle

    Thank you so much Melissa for featuring my work! The lemonade looks delicious and oh so pretty! I’ll try to make it some day this summer 🙂