Lavender lemonade infused with calming lavender buds and lightly sweetened for a refreshing taste. A delicious twist to an average glass of lemonade!
This post is sponsored by Stevivia, a low sugar sweetener. All words and opinions are expressed and written by me.
A few years ago my girlfriends and I took a trip to the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa for Mother’s Day (hi girls, we need to do it again!). We stayed for the weekend starting off with a picnic in the grass and the rest of the time poolside. While there, we were first introduced to lavender lemonade.
That lavender lemonade was brought up in conversation the other weekend when we were all together reminiscing about our girls trip– it had that much of an amazing impression!
I wanted to try to make it at home using dried lavender buds that I got at our local lavender farm.
There are many different types of lavender so here is a breakdown of a few of them.
English lavender: This is the most common lavender and is recognized by its fragrant greyish-green leaves and purple flowers. It grows from a low hedge and is familiar and used as a culinary lavender.
‘Provence’ lavender: Provence lavender has a powerful fragrance and long stems. It is mostly used for making lavender wands and wreaths.
French lavender: This type of lavender is used in potpourri, lavender wands, and sachet’s. It has a powerful fragrance that is generally too strong for cooking.
What is the best lavender to use in lemonade
When I went to the lavender farm and talked with the grower, he recommended to use culinary lavender or English lavender for this application.
I purchased a few beautiful arrays of dried lavender, so I could make our house smell yummy and use it in various recipes and even try to make homemade lavender scones.
Other lavender varieties will make the lemonade too strong. If you do end up using another type of the flower herb, only use a small amount of the buds from the lavender plant. Trust me on this, you don't want it to to be too strong- I tried it! The stronger stems on French lavender (more potent kind) can be used to make simple syrups by placing them in boiling water with sugar and used for cocktails. You can then water it down as needed for the best flavor depending on what you mix with it.
I use 1 tablespoon of culinary lavender for this lemonade recipe so the lavender is trivial and not too overpowering. Then decorated the glasses with fresh stems and flowers from our outdoor garden.
I served my lavender lemonade to my family when the came over and it was a huge hit! Such a delicious twist to the traditional beverage. And the boost of flavor is so subtle, it makes you feel calm all over!
What is lavender good for
- Better sleep
- Reduces anxiety
- Promotes hair growth
- Helps with migraines
- Pain relief
One thing I wish I had at our home is a lemon tree. I go through so many fresh lemons on a daily basis drinking liters of detoxing lemon water throughout the day. I have doubled that amount now because this delicious lavender lemonade is on repeat all the time!
This lemonade is it is sweetened with a low sugar sweetener made of Stevia, Monkfruit and Allulose sugar.
I recently tried Stevivia for the first time in both powder form and liquid and love the flavor of this sweetener. Stevia and Monkfruit are naturally derived low glycemic sweeteners and allulose is a new sweetener on the market that does not cause bloat or an upset stomach. I dug in to-do a little research in order to learn exactly what it is. Allulose has the exact chemical formula as fructose (one of the worst sugars to consume) but it is made up with a structure that prevents the body from processing it. Basically, you pee it out before it is absorbed into the body and used as fuel. -source to learn more
Upon reading up on the benefits of this sweetener, it is great option for those who have diabetes. The sweetener works well in coffee drinks and used in baked goods in place of maple syrup or white sugar.
Thank you Stevivia for sponsoring this post😊 and cheers to a refreshing “spa-like” drink!
More recipes you might like:
- 4 cups water filtered
- 1/2 cup Stevivia KetoSweet Syrup or KetoSweet Powder Sweetener (or maple syrup for not low sugar)
- 1/2 Tablespoon culinary lavender buds
- 1/2 cup lemon juice fresh is best!
- In a saucepan add 2 cups of water, lavender buds and Stevivia sweetener. Bring the water to a boil then turn the heat to low. Mix to dissolve the sugar, cover and let it set 10-20 minutes so the lavender flavors the water.
- Put the remaining 2 cups of water and fresh lemon juice in a pitcher. Using a strainer, pour the sugared lavender water into into the pitcher making sure the lavender buds do not go in.
- Fill the rest of the pitcher with ice until filled and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or more before serving.