Sparkling Lavender Lemonade

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I have been scouring the internet for new recipes lately. There are so many new plants in my garden this year that I don’t even know what to do with 1/3 of them!  Today I came across this recipe for Sparkling Lavender Lemonade at the website All Things Lavender

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It does not appear to be an active blog (her last post was last August from the looks of it), but there are several great sounding recipes that use lavender.  This is one of them!

sparklinglemonade3I don’t know what was more surprising; the fact that I actually had all the ingredients on hand to make this drink, or how amazing it tasted. 

The lavender is infused in water and honey as though you are making a tea.  After the mixture is cool you stir in a cup of lemon juice and 2 cups of sparkling water.  I served the drink on ice. 

Tea is probably my least favorite drink.  Ever.  I also don’t particularly care for sweetening things with honey.  My husband, on the other hand, loves tea.  Several of my garden plantings were solely for the purpose of making him fresh tea.  He already tried lemon balm tea from the garden, which he said was like drinking a fresh cup of Pine Sol.  Guess that wasn’t a success. 

This drink, however, was delicious.  The man of the house said he liked it, but he didn’t down the drink, as he usually does with food and beverage he really enjoys.  I thought it was fantastic though!  It was even better since I made it after sitting through another day of 90 degree temperatures in my house.  That’s right, the AC system has still not been replaced.  As a matter of fact, it is after nine o’clock at night and the guys are STILL in the attic working.  I don’t foresee any cool air in my future this evening.  :(

I am really looking forward to making this drink to have when friends come by and sit in my garden with me.  It is a perfect spring or summer sweet spritzer.  The only change I will probably make is to add less honey.  I don’t think it needed the entire cup that the recipe called for.  Next time, and there will definitely be a next time, I will only add 1/2 a cup and see how that does. 

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