Hot in the city, hot in the city tonight…*

*Lyrics from Billy Idol’s Hot In The City.

Ok, so the lyrics are a cop out (even though that video is amazing). But it’s friggin’ hot out there! Brain = melted. So, in honor of summer’s full court press (or whatever expression makes you understand that summer is here, and she’s not taking no for an answer), I submit to you this recipe, as discovered in the lovely Canadian magazine House & Home.

Lavender Lemonade – makes about 6 adult sized glasses

Lemon slices (one whole lemon) and lavender blossoms (as many as you like)

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (requires anywhere from 2 to 6 lemons, depending on how juicy they are)

1/2 cup fresh lavender (they claim you can use dried, but in summer, use the fresh stuff from your own garden)

1/2 cup sugar (or less, if you’re like me, and you don’t like your lemonade too sweet)

1 cup boiled water (to make lavender infusion)

4 cups cool water

You take the lavender and you steep it for 15 minutes in the cup of boiling water. It’s going to smell divine. Meanwhile, you squeeze the lemons over a sieve (or strainer) into a measuring cup. Add the sugar and whisk it around until it’s mostly dissolved. Then add the still warm lavender infusion, poured through the sieve also (no need for chunks of lavender here). The sugar will fully dissolve now, if it hadn’t already. Add this to a pitcher of cool water, toss in some lemon slices and lavender blossoms and chill for an hour or two. Pour over ice and enjoy the crap out of it. It’s lovely.

Proof, as ever, is in the pictures.


    1. So Happy Home Post author

      Well, I suppose it’s more of a scent rather than taste… not unlike herbal teas that impart slightly floral qualities, or perhaps bring a woodsiness to the palate, steeped lavender is just shy of thyme onto the honey side of things. It’s pretty subtle, but also quite enchanting. Think chamomile, pastel pinks, the lingering scent of your favorite laundry scent on sheets. Soothing, pretty and definitely more *something* than plain lemonade. Worth the electric kettle at least.

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