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March 2, 2019
Summertime is for lemonade, right? So of course I decided to make my very own version of the refreshing citrus sip. For the past year, my boyfriend and I have been really into gardening. We both love flowers, veggies & cooking, so it’s something that just came naturally for us. Don’t get me wrong, Johnny does all the work. I just help pick the plants & seeds out at Home Depot.
Anyway, one of the first things we bought was lavender. I had the idea back then to make something with it, I just didn’t know what. But after adding basil to our little mini garden, it just came to me: lemonade sweetened with lavender simple syrup. So I gave it a shot and I loved the results. Here’s how I made two servings of my Blackberry & Basil Lavender Lemonade.
Start with the simple syrup. You’ll need:
• 3/4 cup water
• 3oz sugar
• 2 tsp dried lavender petals
Bring water & lavender to a boil. Add in sugar and stir. Take off heat and continue stirring until the sugar dissolves. Strain into a sealable storage container and set aside.
For the lemonade you’ll need:
• 2 lemons
• 1 cup water
• 1/4 cup simple syrup
• 5 blackberries
• 3 basil leaves
Roll lemons against a hard surface to soften. Cut in half and squeeze out juice (I used a hand held citrus juicer). Strain into a cup and muddle blackberries & basil leaves. Add water and simple syrup. Serve over ice and garnish with basil & lavender.
How simple is that?! This lemonade is seriously the best I have ever had. And if you want to add an extra kick, mix in a couple ounces of Cathead Vodka‘s Honeysuckle flavor. Umm, yes please! Next year, I plan to use lemons from our lemon tree to make this. Fingers crossed it blooms in time!
Have you ever made fresh lemonade? What’s your special ingredient?
Photos by Johnny Cheng.