Sweeten your summer lemonade with honey, and add a floral flavor with lavender. Honey, lemon, and lavender are a classic flavor combination that comes together beautifully in my raw honey lavender lemonade recipe!
I’ve been on a bit of a lemonade kick this summer, haven’t I? It actually started last November when we took my mother out to dinner at Disney Springs the weekend of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon. She decided to order some lemonade, and there was a honey lavender lemonade on the menu. We found it to be very refreshing, and since I enjoy the combination of lavender and lemons, I decided to make a version at home. The project waited a year until she came to visit a few weeks ago…
That’s also been a thing of mine this summer, getting to recipes suggested to me a year ago, and I’m not sure why. I think it’s because I organized my “inspiration” list, centralized it, and have a pretty nifty planner to help me work out my editorial calendar in advance. It’s always written in pencil though, so I reserve the right to change my mind and move things around. Anyway, back to lavender lemonade.
Lavender in culinary uses is a funny thing, I really like it in small doses, it adds a refreshing floral freshness to dishes and drinks. To prevent lavender overload here, I made the lavender into a “tea”, leaving the lemon and honey as the dominant flavors in this lemonade. I’m pretty sure the inspiration lemonade was made with a combination of honey and sugar because it was sweeter than my final product. If you prefer a sweeter lemonade, add a bit more honey, or dissolve 1/4-1/2 cup sugar into your lavender tea. I would shy away from making an actual lavender simple syrup, or you’ll have no need for the honey, and the honey is a lovely pairing with the lemon and lavender.
Raw honey is purported to have many medicinal uses, and health benefits. I don’t know how many of those are officially supported by the FDA, but we buy local raw dark honey around allergy season and it seems to help. This is just my experience though and I am not a medical doctor. Please refrain from giving honey to children under 1 year.
The thing with raw honey is that you don’t want to heat it so you don’t lose all it’s lovely beneficial properties. This is why I didn’t mix it with the lavender in the syrup. Instead, blend the honey and lemon juice in a small blender to combine so there’s even honey distribution in your lemonade, and you have lovely, naturally sweetened lemonade with the benefits of raw honey. Yay! I used a personal smoothie blender to blend the two, a regular blender or even a handheld immersion blender work just as well. Or if you want an arm workout, grab a hand whisk and have fun.
I hope you enjoy my raw honey lavender lemonade recipe!
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp dried lavender
- 6 cups water
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice about 8 lemons
- 1/3-1/2 cup honey
Combine the water and lavender in a small sauce pot and bring to a boil. Set aside to cool. You may make this up to a day in advance. I leave the lavender in the water to steep until I'm ready to use, and then pour my "tea" through a fine mesh sieve to filter out the lavender.
Squeeze the lemons, then whisk or blend the honey and lemon juice together. Use more honey if you prefer a sweeter lemonade.
Combine the strained lavender "tea", honey and lemon blend, and water in a pitcher.
Serve over ice.