Mint + Lavender Lemonade

The other day I decided to make lemonade on a whim. Since I usually don't like lemonade (other than in Arnold Palmers), I knew I needed to add a little something special to it. I decided on mint and lavender and it turned out perfectly! Obviously, I had to share.

What you'll need:

Lemons Fresh Mint Fresh Lavender Water Sugar

Start by making a mint and lavender simple syrup. This step is super simple, and will only take a few minutes. Set the simple syrup aside, and let it cool. In the mean time, juice the lemons into a bowl or cup. I purposefully added pulp and zest because I feel it adds more flavor, but you can also pour the juice through a piece of cheese cloth after juicing to remove the pulp.

Slowly add water to the lemon juice, tasting occasionally, until you have reached the flavor you like. After adding the water, mix in the simple syrup. Again, the amount added depends on taste. Keep in mind that simple syrup has water in it, so it will take more to make the lemonade sweet than if you added straight sugar. 

Stir well, and add ice. That's it! Simple right? This makes a great summer drink (alone or mixed with iced tea) and is perfect for bringing to family get togethers. You can also turn this into a cocktail really easily which makes it perfect for barbecues, parties, or picnics!

What are your favorite summer drinks?

xo, Suzanna