As the weather warms up and summer gets in full swing, I’ve reverted back to a childhood favorite, but with a twist. This refreshing take on classic lemonade is tart and floral, but in a way that leaves you wanting another glass. It is also a great starting point for other variations adding blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries. Or even mixing with iced tea for a homemade Arnold Palmer.
I purchased a large bag of 10-12 lemons from my local CostCo, but use what you can find at your local grocery store. I used 5 lemons for my sized pitcher, but it also depends on the size of your lemons and the quantity you make!
I used this plastic fruit juicer from Bed, Bath & Beyond to squeeze the juice of 5 lemons, reserving a slice or two for decoration later. Juice into a separate bowl, so you can strain the final product into your pitcher to avoid pesky seeds.
I recently planted a variety of herbs and vegetables in the garden, and I’ve been dying to find interesting ways to use lavender, besides soap making or just sitting outside and smelling it. (It’s so amazing!) I just trimmed one sprig of lavender for this lemonade, because it can get bitter as it sits.
Another new plant to my garden is this pineapple mint. You might be surprised to find out is smells just like fresh cut pineapple! And I thought the fruity notes would compliment the lemon and lavender flavor nicely. It’s one of four mint varieties I decided to grow this season. Mainly for the purpose of having a mojito in my hands at all times this summer.
Finally, for sweetener I stuck with my trusty blue agave (another massive CostCo purchase), but as a liquid sweetener I find it mixed much better into drinks than granulated sugar or sweeteners do. I prefer my lemonade on the tart side, so I only added a couple tablespoons. Just a little of this stuff will sweeten the entire pitcher, but as always, sweeten to your taste preference.
And here you have it! A refreshing pitcher of lavender, mint lemonade and of course, I had to serve my glass up with a fun straw, because, well, just because!
Let me know how your lemonade turns out and what varieties you’re choosing this summer!