Fizzy Lavender Lemonade

Fizzy Lavender Lemonade with Ginger Ale and Strawberry Ice CubesColorado summers are dry, so I can't really complain much about the heat, especially after talking with my mom today and being reminded of the humidity in South Carolina where my parents live, and where I grew up.  It's a bone-drenching humidity that puts the best intentions of getting some sun to rest if there is the temptation of something cold to drink and plenty of shade in which to enjoy it.

Still, though, it does get hot here, and I toss and turn at night, in spite of the air conditioner cooling the house down to a comfortable 74 degrees, since I like to be a little chilly in bed so I can snuggle deep under the covers to fall asleep.

The other day, David Lebovitz shared his recipe for Fresh Ginger Lemonade, and ever since then, I've been craving a cold glass of lemonade...
And while I don't particularly care much for fresh ginger - although I brewed plenty of ginger and honey tea when I was pregnant - I do love ginger ale, which I thought I'd substitute for the fresh ginger he used.

I still have a small amount of edible lavender left from one of our trips to Paonia, so I steeped the lavender in the lemon juice and sugar mixture, just so that it was ever so slightly perfumed with its flavor.  And with fresh strawberries still looking so beautiful, I froze a few strawberry halves into ice cubes with a bit more lavender, then topped off each icy glass with a splash of ginger ale.  This was pleasantly tart, just sweet enough, a little fizzy from the ginger ale, and oh-so-pretty with the fancy strawberry ice cubes.  I'm drinking my second glass of the day as I start to get dinner ready...




Fizzy Lavender Lemonade with Ginger Ale and Strawberry Ice Cubes

Fizzy Lavender Lemonade with Ginger Ale and Strawberry Ice Cubes

Fizzy Lavender Lemonade with Ginger Ale and Strawberry Ice Cubes

Fizzy Lavender Lemonade with Ginger Ale and Strawberry Ice Cubes




Fizzy Lavender Lemonade
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon edible lavender (or 1 teaspoon if you'd like a stronger flavor)
  • ginger ale, chilled
  • fresh strawberries
In a saucepan, bring the water, lemon juice, sugar and lavender to a simmer to dissolve the sugar.  Cover, turn off the heat, and let steep for 1 hour, then strain out the lavender and pour the lemonade into a carafe.  Chill completely in the refrigerator.

For the ice cubes, freeze strawberry halves and a small pinch of lavender into ice cube trays.  Serve each glass of lemonade with the fancy ice cubes and top off with ginger ale.

Yields 1 quart lemonade

Recipe inspired by David Lebovitz

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