Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lavender Limeade

This is a beautiful, delicious and refreshing drink for these summer days! It has been sooo hot here in Albuquerque! We have made it twice so far, and the first time it was with a little less quality lavender (less blue) and so the drink turned out less blue. The second time we used ultra blue lavender and it turned out pink. To the first one, we just added a few drops of food coloring and that fixed it! Although, the second batch was more satisfyingly naturally pink colored with no added food coloring. Also, the second time we used half lemons half limes, so maybe that would have impacted the color - however, it turned out much sweeter than just the limes too. So, if using lemons, we would watch the sugar ratio a little bit in the future.

Our pictures of this drink seem to have disappeared! I guess we will just have to make it again and update the post!
Here's the original recipe: http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a1331/lavender-limeade-3445/

Ingredients:

6 c. water
1¾ c. sugar
¼ c. dried lavender flowers (or 1/3 cup fresh lavender flowers)
1 tsp. grated lime zest
1 c. fresh-squeezed lime juice

Directions:

1. In a 2-quart saucepan, combine 2 cups water, the sugar, lavender, and lime zest. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove pan from heat and let syrup stand 10 minutes. Strain and discard lavender.

2. In a large pitcher, stir together remaining 4 cups water, syrup, and lime juice. Serve over ice, adding lime slices if desired.

What we liked:

Everything it was great!

What we didn't like:

It was great!

What Kaspian thought about it:

He actually loved it. 

Next time:

Maybe add honey for sweetness instead of sugar? or half and half...