This recipe is the epitome of summer. It’s so refreshing on a hot day, and it’s easy to prep for a large group of people! Plus, you can tweak it to make it your own. For example, you can use stevia instead of sugar for a healthier option. You could also add fresh mint leaves to give it more of a kick. Or if you want to lower the acidity from the lemon juice, add more water or less lemon juice. Either way, this is one recipe that you need to try this summer!
What you’ll need
4 cups of water (you can use tap or filtered water)
1 cup of sugar (white or brown)
1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 5 lemons)
2 tablespoons dried lavender
Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
To make the lemonade, boil water and add the sugar. Stir until it dissolves completely, then add the lavender and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain out all of the herbs by pouring through a fine-mesh strainer into another bowl or pitcher; you may want to use cheesecloth for this step as well. Add 1 cup of fresh lemon juice, stir well and refrigerate until cold before serving over ice with an optional garnish if desired!
All that’s left to do is enjoy your drink! Feel free to experiment with different kinds of sugars, or swap in some mint leaves for a hint of freshness. Your summer just got a whole lot sweeter—and so much more refreshing.