Lavender Lemonade


Lavender Lemonade

This lemonade is totally refreshing. Does not taste “soapy” at all. It’s the perfect balance of lemon & lavender!

We served this at the cafe I worked at and everyone loved it! My Aunt Peggy made it to serve at a wedding reception that she was catering and she made too much, so we had some extra to serve at the cafe! It was a huge success!!! I was hesitant to try it, but once I did, I was hooked!!! My daughter loves it, too… she would always beg me to bring her some home from work. So now I make it at home! It’s easy to make. It also smells heavenly when the lavender is steeping.

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers (see Note below)
  • 2-1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 cup lemon juice (bottled is fine, but fresh is always best!)


Directions

  • In a medium saucepan, bring water and sugar & lavender to a boil.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Cover and let steep for 1 hour.
  • Over a large bowl, strain the lavender through a fine mesh sieve.
  • Transfer to pitcher or carafe.
  • Stir in cold water and lemon juice.
  • Serve over ice.

Optional

  • Add a shot of tequila or vodka to each serving for a yummy adult beverage 🙂
  • You can also add a drop of purple food coloring to enhance the lavender color
  • Add lavender stems & lemon rounds, too  ~ Great presentation if serving at a party!

    *Note:
    Make sure that you get Organic food grade dried lavender.
    You can get on Amazon, a local herb shop or here -> : Dried Organic Lavender 

    Yield: 6 servings.

Brunch Sangria in Mason Jars


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Sparkling. Fruity. Sweet. Refreshing. Thirst Quenching.

All you need is:

12 – 8 ounce Mason Jars with the lids
1.5 Liter bottle White Moscato
* I would get an extra bottle if you think your guests are going to be really thirsty, or like to drink 😉
1 – 2 liter bottle of Sierra Mist
1 each lemon and lime
12 strawberries
A bucket or cooler filled with 1 bag of ice
Straws

My mason jars have measurements on them, so it was easy to make sure they all had the same amount. Very handy!

~Fill each mason jar with 4 ounces of moscato.
~Slice the lemon and lime in half and then cut each half into 6 slices.
Put 1 piece of lemon and 1 piece of lime in each jar
~Hull and slice the strawberries. Add them to the mason jars, one at a time
~Top each jar with Sierra Mist, filling it to the very top. It should be about 2 ounces
~Screw the lids on, super tight.
~Place the jars in the ice and let sit for a few hours before serving.

I made these for a small group of 6, figuring 2 drinks each would be enough. This was for an afternoon gathering. They are on the smaller side and they aren’t too strong. You could easily adjust the size of mason jars and the ingredients to make them with your favorite fruit and wine combinations. You could also make them stronger by adding rum, brandy or schnapps.

I would keep an extra bottle of moscato chilled, with the Sierra Mist, for refilling. These go down smooth and fast!

Now I want one… Cheers!

Slow Melt Arnold Palmer’s ~ Iced Tea & Lemonade Ice Cubes


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This is my latest obsession! It’s so easy, delicious and so ridiculously clever!

( I wish I could take credit for it! Thank you Pinterest )

Iced Tea & Lemonade~

All you need to do is fill a couple of ice cube trays with lemonade. After they are frozen, I like to put them in a freezer safe zip lock bag so they don’t get funky tasting!

Add ice cubes to a glass and top with your favorite plain iced tea or plain sweet tea.

Don’t drink it too fast, you want the lemonade ice cubes to melt as you drink it down. I have been known to refill the same glass with the same ice cubes more than once.

It’s so refreshing! You’ll love it! Try it & enjoy 🙂