Monday, July 19, 2010

Raspberry Lavender Lemonade

Nothing makes you feel quite so Martha Stewart-ish as making up a batch of your own lemonade, steeped with raspberries and lavender. It sounds so la-di-da, but it's really very easy to make and quite delicious!

1 c. boiling water
1 tbsp. Lavender
1/4 c. raspberries
3 large lemons, juiced (approx. 3/4 c.)
1/2 c. sugar
6 c. cold water
lemon slices and raspberries for garnish
Steep lavender and raspberries in boiling water for 5-10 minutes while you juice the lemons. Put sugar in the bottom of your pitcher, and strain the lavender/raspberry water overtop. Stir to dissolve the sugar, then add lemon juice (I strained mine as well, but you don't have to if you like the pulp and you're good at keeping all the seeds out.) Add cold water and serve in glasses with lemon slices and raspberries.

This probably could have used an extra cup of water, or maybe half as much sugar, but it's pretty darn good. I think next time I would only use 1/4 c. sugar, and see how it tastes before adding more.

Try your own variations, using the same method of infusing the flavours in boiling water, and then adding the basic ingredients of lemon, sugar, and water. You could try some fresh mint, other types of berries, ginger.... let me know if you come up with something good!

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