I’m obsessed with lavender. Candles, body washes, flavored honey – you name it. So when I found out that you can actually cook with this pretty little bud, I went straight to Amazon to buy a package of food-grade lavender buds and set out to explore exactly what you can do with them.

Lemonade

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After hearing about a wonderful-sounding lavender latte at some mystical coffee shop during a weekend trip to Savannah but not being able to get my hands on one, I knew that I had to figure out a way to make my own. And thus, this lavender simple syrup was born.

Since then, I’ve been experimenting with lavender-infused drinks. And, while the lavender simple syrup is great for the adventurous coffee drinker, this kid-friendly lavender lemonade is by far the best pairing. So do yourself a favor, put a bag of lavender buds in your Amazon shopping cart, and sip on, my fellow flower children.

Lemonade

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Lavender Simple Syrup

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:10 minutes
  • Total Time:15 minutes (plus desired steeping time)
  • Servings:Approximately a cup and a half of syrup
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or dried lavender buds
  • purple food coloring (optional)
Photo by Morgan Nielsen
Photo by Morgan Nielsen

Step 1

Make a simple syrup by heating sugar and one cup of water over medium heat until the mixture is just starting to boil (I added purple food coloring at this point as well for ~aesthetic~ but that’s 100% up to you).

Photo by Morgan Nielsen
Photo by Morgan Nielsen

Step 2

Add the dried or fresh lavender buds to a quart-sized Mason jar or similar seal-able container, and pour the hot syrup over the buds.

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Photo by Morgan Nielsen

Step 3

Let the lavender soak in the syrup for anywhere from a few hours to overnight, depending on how strong you want your syrup to be.

Step 4

When ready, use a fine mesh strainer or some other method to separate the mushy lavender out of the syrup. I used a cup-sized filter that’s designed for loose leaf tea.

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Photo by Morgan Nielsen

Lavender Lemonade

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:5 minutes
  • Servings:8
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 6 cup cold water
  • 4-5 lemons (you'll need 1 cup lemon juice total)
  • 1/2 cup Lavender Simple Syrup
Photo by Morgan Nielsen
Photo by Morgan Nielsen

Step 1

Squeeze lemons until you have one cup of lemon juice. It took me 4 big lemons, but that can vary depending on size and the amount of juice you can get per lemon. Either way, you need a cup of lemon juice.

Step 2

Add the lemon juice to a large pitcher and pour in the cold water while stirring to make sure it’s all incorporated.

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Photo by Morgan Nielsen

Step 3

Add your lavender syrup (more or less can be added based on your taste preferences) and stir well.

Step 4

Garnish with lavender buds and lemon slices and enjoy!

Photo by Morgan Nielsen
Photo by Morgan Nielsen