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Lavender Lemonade with Honey

Lavender Lemonade with Honey

Lavender is beginning to bloom now in my garden, not only looking and smelling beautiful, but attracting bees and other pollinators to the rest of my plants. I harvest it for its beauty, and dry it for use as food and medicine.

Growing Lavender

Lavender is easy to grow in full sun and any well-drained soil, and is a drought tolerant, perennial plant that adds interest to any garden with its grey leaves and tall, purple blooms.

Like many plants grown for their essential oils, a lean soil will encourage a higher concentration of oils. An alkaline soil will enhance lavenders fragrance. Lavender is a tough plant and is extremely drought resistant, once established.

However, when first starting you lavender plants, give them a shovelful of compost in the planting hole and keep them regularly watered during their first growing season.

While you can grow lavender in USDA Zone 5, it is unlikely you will ever have a lavender hedge. More realistically you can expect to have plants that will do well when the weather cooperates and to experience the occasional loss of a plant or two after a severe winter or a wet, humid summer.

It is dampness more than cold, that is responsible for killing lavender plants. Dampness could come from wet roots during the winter months or high humidity in the summer. If humidity is a problem, make sure you have plenty of space between your plants for air flow and always plant in a sunny location.

Lavender planted where the ground routinely freezes and thaws throughout the winter will need a thick layer of mulch applied after the ground initially freezes. Also protect your lavender plants from harsh winter winds by wrapping them in burlap, if necessary. Planting next to a sun-exposed stone or brick wall will also provide additional heat and protection.

Using Lavender in Food

Pulverized, fresh lavender flowers can add a unique and delightful flavor to meats, salads, custards, jams, teas and cookies. You can also dry bunches of lavender upside down in a cool, shady area, and then use the dried flowers in the same way.

Lavender is a culinary relative to mint, sage, marjoram and thyme, and can be used in the same fashion as these herbs. Lavender is so versatile in the kitchen, that virtually any cooking experiment with it will give you favorable results.

Lavender is also a prized medicinal herb, and once dry, it can be made into teas and tinctures that calm the nerves and help you to sleep. But if you buy lavender for culinary or medicinal purposes, don’t buy it from a craft store and make sure you get it organic, because it is often heavily sprayed with pesticides and chemicals to preserve its color.

It’s very hot in the garden these days, so there’s nothing like a cold glass of lemonade to cool you down on a sweaty, summer day. But the powdered lemon drink that passes as lemonade these days is not only bad for your health, it tastes downright saccharine!

Since the lavender is blooming and the lemons are ripe here in Southern California, this home-brewed lemonade hits the spot with a distinctive, refreshing taste and plenty of Vitamin C.

Lavender Lemonade with Honey
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  1. 1 cup raw honey (local if you can get it)
  2. 5 cups pure water
  3. 1 Tbsp. dried, organic culinary lavender (or 1/4 cup fresh lavender blossoms, crushed) (where to find online)
  4. 1 cup fresh-squeezed, organic lemon juice, strained
  5. Ice cubes
  6. Lavender sprigs for garnish
  1. Bring 2 1/2 cups water to boil in a medium pan
  2. Remove from heat and add honey, stirring to dissolve.
  3. Add the lavender to the honey water, cover, and let steep at least 20 minutes or up to several hours, to taste
  4. Strain mixture and discard lavender
  5. Pour infusion into a glass pitcher
  6. Add lemon juice and another 2 1/2 cups of cold water. Stir well.
  7. Refrigerate until ready to use, or pour into tall glasses half-filled with ice, then garnish with lavender sprigs.
  8. Sit on the porch a spell and enjoy!
  1. I DO NOT recommend using lavender essential oil in this recipe. Consuming lavender oil can be toxic, cause allergic reactions, as well as contribute to hormone imbalances in men and boys. Signs of lavender oil toxicity (requiring a call to Poison Control) include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, blurred vision, burning pain in the throat, difficulty breathing and skin rash.
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  • We are so excited to use this recipe for JMU’s college game day appearance. We’re always looking to add a little purple and gold to our drinks. Thanks for the recipe!!

  • Hi, the lavender honey lemonade sounds lovely. I would like to make this as part of my Christmas hamper for my family. Can you let me know how long this would keep for if I use sterilised bottles? Thanks.

  • Your recipe for lavender honey lemonade looks really good and I shall give it a go soon
    Many thanks for all the advice about growing lavender to
    Mamdy x

  • I was kind of sad when I made this because it did not have that beautiful color. The honey gives it a brown color. This pitcher in the picture must have been made with white sugar.

  • I was wondering why you need to add the honey to the boiling water, does it help with the steeping? I do know that honey looses its enzymes after 117* could you add the honey after the temp cools down?
    Thank you! :)

    • Hi Cyndi, Have had this wonderful lavender lemonade before. I make a tonic with Bragg’s vinegar and honey and garlic by thoroughly blending in a blender. The lemonade would be tastier if made the day before and the honey would stay mixed when refrigerated.

    • I would NOT recommend that. :) I don’t generally advocate for consuming essential oils as they are largely unregulated, and ingesting lavender oil can be toxic. Signs of lavender oil toxicity include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, blurred vision, burning pain in the throat, difficulty breathing and skin rash.

  • I now live in Canada and we have Lavendar plants. Can anyone tell me how to the oil from the plants?

    Alberta CA

    • You can use any lavender variety if it is fresh cut and dried. However, many lavenders you can buy at the store have been treated with preservatives for craft use, and you want to avoid that, so make sure if you buy it that you buy “culinary” lavender.

    • No you don’t want to just use any Lavender. There are specific culinary lavs. You don’t want to use Spanish or the ones with the “tufts” coming out. They don’t taste very good. Keep with Munstead or other English Lavenders.

      • Hi Jill! just to let you know I made lavender and honey ice-cream with lavender that grows in my garden in Spain – it tasted great :)

  • Thanks for this delightful recipe. I love the colour. I live in Canada and grow lavender in my yard. Sometimes a plant or two doesn’t survive the winter, but I just plant more! I dry some of the flowers and keep them in a small vase in the bathroom. Throughout our long dreary winters, seeing the lavender flowers in the bathroom always makes me smile.

  • Cool the hot water down just enough to help it melt, but not scaled it in any way. Put it in a shakeable container, and have at it!

  • Thank you for sharing this post on our From the Farm Blog Hop. I make my own version of lavender lemonade, but I can’t wait to try yours!

    I just pinned this post to a few of my Pinterest boards. I know that my followers will love this recipe as much as I did. I hope that you’ll come back and link up again next week!

    Jennifer @1840Farm

  • I absolutely love my lavender plant and it keeps growing, growing and growing! I use the lavender to make scented vinegar for cleaning. I can never make enough to last through the winter! I will have to give the lavender lemonade a try…it sounds wonderful.

    Thanks for sharing on our healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop!
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

  • Visiting from Hearth & Soul. This lemonade sounds absolutely lovely. Living in the humid southern US, it is very difficult to grow lavender. I love growing herbs and have a variety, but lavender has always given me trouble.

  • Sounds lovely! I have a lavender plant and would like to add more, but I’m never quite sure what to do with it all once it blooms! I love the smell and add the leaves to tea, but this sounds delightful, too!

    Joining you from The Better Mom’s link-up. :)

  • I also am not a huge fan of the smell of lavender. I have some buds from my CSA in granulated sugar in the cupboard. Maybe I’ll try you’re lemonade, but I also saw a peach jam recipe recently that sounds fantastic! Lavender is great for the bees, isn’t it.

  • I am not a big fan of the smell of lavender, but one day I bought a chocolate bar (Dagoba?) with lavender and loved it. I can’t wait to try this lemonade, too, it sounds so yummy!


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