In the summertime, another activity that helps me chill out is hanging out on the front porch, sipping a cool beverage, watching cars pass by and chatting with friends and neighbors.
So, why not combine those two things? Lavender is great in lemonade, a touch of vanilla adds some extra sweetness (and lovely scent) to this concoction. If you’re feeling social, you can make a batch big enough to share when front-porch friends drop by. (If those friends happen to be over 21 and you want to add a little extra relaxation, a little bourbon or vodka would produce an extra-special libation.)
What’s your perfect summer beverage?
Lavender Vanilla Lemonade
Makes 8, 8 oz. servings
2 c. lemon juice
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. water
1 c. dried lavender
1 T. pure vanilla extract
5 c. cold water
In a small saucepan, add dried lavender, sugar and 1 c. water. Turn heat up to high and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Turn off heat and allow mixture to cool.
After sugar mixture has cooled, use a sieve to strain out the lavender. Add liquid to a large pitcher and combine with lemon juice, vanilla and cold water. Serve over ice.