When it’s hot, humid, sweltering, and just “so August”, you need a cooling drink to restore your sanity. Here’s a great recipe for a lavender-infused sparkling lemonade crafted with simple cupboard ingredients. Recipe makes two drinks–you will want to double this, we promise!
2 cups white, granulated cane sugar
2 cups fresh water, preferably filtered
2 Tbsp. freshly picked, organically-grown lavender blossoms (more if you like a very floral flavor)
2 fresh lemons, squeezed and strained to remove any seeds or pulp
Bottle of soda water or sparkling water
Crushed or cubed ice
Make a simple syrup by combining sugar and water in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to boil and stir continuously to dissolve sugar then turn heat down to medium-low and let simmer for 10 minutes or until water is reduced and mixture turns syrupy.
Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Remove lavender flowers with a slotted spoon, then strain the mixture through cheesecloth or a coffee filter to remove any particles.
Mix 4 parts of soda, 2 parts fresh lemon juice and 1 part cooled lavender-infused syrup. Adjust to taste. Pour over crushed or cubed ice. Enjoy!