It’s not my favorite time of the year.
My only solace is that Fall ( which IS my favorite time of the year) is right behind it. It’s like a consolation prize for suffering through the California heat that beats down on me like a drum every summer. I would move, but heck. I kinda like it here. Except for the heat.
Did I mention I don’t like the heat?
Or the humidity?
Forgive me. The heat tends to make me a little nutzy. Maybe more often than I’d like to admit actually. But we’ll move this along. Shall we?
When the days are this blistering hot, I love to make a tall pitcher of ice-cold lemonade. I also like to jazz it up a bit. Typically with strawberries, but occasionally… with lavender. It’s a really yummy twist on an old summer classic.
Make yourself a pitcher, sit back, and try to forget about the heat.
(I said try).
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY:
- 5 cups water
- 1 tbsp. lavender flowers (2 tbsp. for strong flavor)
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1 1/4 cup lemon juice (fresh squeezed is best)
Put half your water into a pot along with the lavender and bring to a boil. Once it boils, turn the heat off and allow it to steep for about 20 minutes (preferably with a lid on the pot).
You have two choices here.
A)You can heat up the agave or honey in the microwave for about 30 seconds and pour it into the second (NON lavender) half of your water and blend well.
B) you can heat up the remaining (NON lavender) water in a separate pot and add your sweetener to the hot water. Stir well to combine.
The idea here is to get the sweetener to dissolve into the water. Any way you accomplish that is fine.
Strain your lavender water into a pitcher and then add the rest of your ingredients. (Discard the lavender flowers) Stir well. Serve over ice.
Note: If this mixture is to strong, just add water until it reaches a strength you like. I like mine strong, and this recipe definitely reflects that.