Make dried lavender lemonade for a refreshing summer drink.
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Gardeners searching for new and delicious uses for lavender should consider combining the delicate scents and smells of crushed lavender with bold lemon for a refreshing drink. Squeeze fresh lemons to make the lemonade and crush fresh lavender to make lavender syrup. This drink combination promises to be a new summer favorite. If you have lavender growing in an herb garden, make this innovative lavender lemonade.
Pour one cup water, one cup sugar and one tablespoon lavender into a small saucepan to make a dried lavender syrup. Boil and remove from heat. Cover and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes. Pour the syrup through a strainer to remove the lavender. Set this aside while you make the rest of the lemonade.
Wash the same saucepan and add one cup of water and one cup sugar to make the sugar syrup base for the lemonade. Boil and remove from heat. Allow to cool down to room temperature.
Cut each lemon in half and juice each lemon half with the citrus juicer.
Make 1.5 quarts of lemonade by mixing the prepared sugar syrup, one cup freshly squeezed lemon juice and one quart cold water. Stir everything together well in a pitcher.
Fill glasses with ice and add two tablespoons of lavender syrup to the glasses. Pour the lemonade over the ice and lavender syrup to make dried lavender lemonade.