A cool beverage on a hot summer day is EVERYTHING! After a long day in sessions, I decided to make lavender lemonade to unwind and relax. It is said that lavender lemonade can help reduce anxiety symptoms and headache. People living with anxiety disorders tend to have trouble sleeping. Lavender also helps the body to relax and can improve the quality of your sleep. In my recipe, I used raw honey instead of sugar to add a heathier and sweeter option. I also added blueberries because they have a ton of health benefits, and they are just so good!
I found the process of preparing the lemonade very relaxing. When I poured the boiling hot water over the dried lavender, it immediately released the most soothing and fresh scent. The combination of the lavender, fresh squeezed lemon and raw honey produced a flavorful taste. When I added the ice and blueberries it was the perfect cool down beverage. I felt proud that I was able to make something so delicious and refreshing. I found that it made me sleepy and I was able to get off to bed shortly after. I can’t wait to make lavender lemonade again!
Erin’s Lavender Lemonade
Prep Time: 10min
Total Time: 50min
Servings: 6-8 (depending on the size of the glass)
Note: This recipe is simple. Feel free to add more or less of the ingredients to your desired taste. I went heavy on the honey because I enjoy sweet lemonade.
- ¼ cup, dried lavender
- 1 cup, raw honey
- 7 whole lemons
- 2 cups of boiling water
- 5 cups of cold water
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 1 cup of Ice
- Food coloring (Red and Blue) to create the purple lavender color *optional
- Boil two cups of hot water
- Combine the dried lavender and raw honey. Stir well.
- Pour the boiled hot water over the lavender/honey mixture. Stir and cover. Set aside for 25-30min allowing the ingredients to infuse.
- Thinly slice 1 lemon and set aside
- Cut 6 lemons in half. Squeeze the juice of each lemon half into a bowl. Then set the lemon juice aside.
- Uncover the lavender/honey mixture. Pour the mixture into a strainer while holding over a new bowl. Discard dried lavender.
- Pour 6 cups of cold water into a pitcher
- Add (1) drop of blue food coloring and (1) drop of red food coloring to the water. *Note: 1 drop is more than enough. If you use too much food coloring the water will not be the light purple lavender color.
- Add lemon juice to the pitcher.
- Add the lavender/honey mixture to the pitcher. Stir all ingredients well
- Top with sliced lemon and blueberries
- Add ice and serve
Enjoy – Cheers!