Welcome waves, road trips, heat records, sprinklers, water restrictions, healthy looking glows, fireworks and smiles all around.
‘Tis a beautiful time of year, ain’t it!?
Can’t wait for July 4th, can you?
Gotcha thirsty, don’t it?
Look no further!
Here’s a refreshing drink that won’t spike your blood sugar butt into an afternoon nap/coma or produce crazy, make-you-question-why-you-had-them-when-they-just-act-like-animals, children, i.e. it’s low sugar. I also happened to use my new favorite low-glycemic index sweetener, coconut nectar, it’s totally syrupy- without the maple flavor, and does the trick with equal measurement substitutions for that white stuff, minus the hyperglycemia and belly bloat. Basically, it’s awesome.
I was thinking lemonade, ’cause it’s summahtime, July 4th is right around the corner, I rarely post non-alcoholic drinks, and, oh yeah, did I mention it’s summer outside! Lemonade and summer are pretty much synonyms, hard to believe I only recently became a convert!
With the beautiful addition of floral (and so not overpowering) lavender, doubt you could keep a pitcher full any afternoon this season.
I sure can’t, I made this for my father-in-law’s visit, and somehow drank it all….
Good thing it’s a breeze to make, otherwise I’d be one sour chick. just. had. to.
Anything that takes more than minimal effort is out of my book come June 20th.
Summer, let’s celebrate!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour (optional)
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 2/3 c. fresh lemon juice, ~5 lemons
- 3 1/3 c. filtered water
- 1-2 Tbsp coconut nectar, (substitute: equal parts any sweetener)
- 8-16 lavender sprigs- depending on how lavender-y you want it, 8 is barely, 16 would be on the pungent end
- squeezed lemon, garnish
- lavender sprigs, garnish
Juice the lemons over a strainer to collect the seeds and pulp. (I used a 4 cup measuring cup to prepare, it worked great.)
Add the sweetener and mix to dissolve. Fill the rest of the way with water and add lavender. Let sit for at least an hour to enjoy lavender flavor, or serve immediately for lemonade with a pretty purple garnish.
Serve in a small glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon and lavender.