Refreshing mint and aromatic lavender combined in this delicious Mint Lavender Lemonade – a perfect idea for hot summer days.
Believe it or not, but September (and the beginning of the meteorological autumn) is around the corner. There’s just a month until the astronomical fall. Who knew summer would pass by so quickly? (I am in a philosophical mood. Who knew that life would be passing by so quickly?)
There’s no reason to be upset, though. There are still lots of summer produce and recipes we can focus on for the next couple of weeks! At least I am still working on some ice cream ideas and summer salads. There’s no way I am cooking with apples soon…unless it’s apple ice cream (Which actually isn’t a bad idea.)
Anyways, while days are getting shorter and the temperatures cooler, we still experience warm and humid days in here. Solution? Lemonade. Mint Lavender Lemonade precisely.
You probably noticed I didn’t post lavender recipes last year; however, I am trying to catch up with it this summer. I am currently updating old lavender recipes’ pictures, and I’ve also created a few brand-new recipes. This Mint Lavender Lemonade fits the second group.
I love both mint and lavender, and they also go well together. Instead of the simple lavender syrup, you can go with honey which is a great addition to both these herbs. In this case, infuse dried lavender buds and fresh mint in a jar with water, for a few hours, then add some honey and lemon juice to taste, and a delightful (And healthier) drink is ready!
So, let’s embrace the remaining weeks of this summer, and enjoy it as much as possible. This Mint Lavender Lemonade is a good start.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups of water
- 1 to 3 tbsp. dried lavender buds
- a large bunch of mint/peppermint
- Lemon or lime juice
- To make the syrup, in a pan combine first three ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Add the mint, cover, and let infuse for at least one hour or preferably overnight. Remove and discard the mint and lavender.
- To make the lemonade, combine a part of the syrup with water and lemon juice (Start with 1/4 cup of the syrup, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, and 2 cups of water and adjust to your liking). You can filter the lemon juice through a sieve, but I like the lemon flesh in the lemonade.
- For a simplified version with honey, just combine water, lavender, and mint, and let it stay for a couple of hours then add the lemon juice and honey to taste.
- Keep the unused syrup refrigerated for a couple of weeks.