Partially I am posting this because the picture itself makes me think of sun and patio and holidays. Which makes me immediately thirsty.
Tad and I pulled this one together for another one of the Globe Quick fix recipes, but it really is tasty and I wanted to share the simple recipe.
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup dried lavender buds
Juice of 1 fresh lemon (50 ml)
3 cups sparkling water (such as San Pellegrino)
1/4 cup agave syrup
In a small pot, add water and dried lavender buds (you can buy them online or at most specialty food stores). Bring to a simmer for 7-8 minutes until reduced. Strain the infused liquid – you should have about 1/4 cup. Place in the fridge to cool.
Juice the lemon and add to a pitcher with sparkling water. Mix in agave syrup and lavender infusion and serve immediately.
Tip: This ratio works for me, but you may want to add the lavender infusion and agave gradually to adjust the desired sweetness and floral intensity.
As I scurry around trying to get the “To Do list” checked off so I can leave for the cottage I thought I would leave you with a lemonade recipe which I made for the first time (this heat wave) for the foodnetwork.ca blog. And you should try it too.
Because it is so very, very easy. We’re talking the juice of 2 (maybe 3) lemons. Add water. You can sweeten with sugar but make a batch of simple syrup and it will last you jugs of lemonade into the future. And it is delicious. I used 6 tablespoons simple syrup (infused with spearmint leaves) for 2L lemonade and it took the sharp edge off but kept a refreshing tartness.
Here’s the recipe. The full on directions with photos will be featured on my Family Fun blog. With the simple syrup instructions too if you need them.
And PS–yesterday morning a real estate woman who was canvassing the ‘hood rang my doorbell and looked just melty from the heat and I was able to say, “I just made lemonade. Could I get you a glass?”. How often does a gal get to say, “I just made a batch of fresh lemonade?” Unless you’re in the South. Sookie Stackhouse offers lemonade. Though not to vampires obviously— but even to enemies. But not enemy vampires. Hmm, it gets tricky.
Ingredients for Lemonade
2 L cold water
6 tbsp simple syrup
Juice the lemons til you have 1/2 cup juice. Add to 2 L cold water. Sweeten as desired with simple syrup (or super fine sugar).
Here is my Chef Basics video on making Simple Syrup if you are interested. (just re-watched it, informative but I’m very serious in it. Simple syrup is no joke people.)