An Easy Lavender Lemonade Recipe You’ll Love

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There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than this easy lavender lemonade recipe with a hint of mint! It’s the perfect combination of citrus and sweetness with a balanced flavor that will delight the taste buds.

Lavender lemonade in pitcher and garnished with dried lavender stems and lemon slices with mint sprigs

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Benefits of Lavender

As I mentioned in my lavender heating pad tutorial, lavender has wonderful health benefits. It’s the perfect remedy for insomnia, anxiety, and potentially many other ailments.

Lavender stems bunched together with lavender lemonade and slices of fresh lemon
Dried lavender stems

Culinary lavender (generally English lavender) is a member of the mint family, so it’s perfect for cooking all types of dishes. In fact, this recipe calls for adding just a few sprigs of mint for good measure.

Ingesting culinary lavender helps alleviate stress and may increase your intake of certain vitamins. It sounds like the perfect ingredient for a summer drink to me!

Lavender Lemonade Recipe Notes

As with any lemonade recipe, you can vary the amount of sugar and lemons to achieve your desired level of lip pucker.😉 Meyer lemons (my favorite!) will offer a less acidic and more floral flavor.

Lavender lemonade with mint in mason jar drinking glass

Here are a few other tips to keep in mind…

Tip #1: Use lavender sparingly.

As with rosemary, a little bit of lavender goes a long way, especially if using dried flowers. You don’t want your lemonade tasting like perfume, right?

Lavender lemonade recipe with dried lavender buds, fresh lemon and mint

With the particular dried lavender flowers and quantities I used for this recipe, your lemonade will turn out perfectly infused with hints of lavender without raising any eyebrows.

Tip: For cooking, a good rule of thumb is 1/3 dried lavender to fresh lavender flowers.

Tip #2: Only use culinary lavender.

You should never use lavender that has been treated with pesticides or comes from a florist or nursery. Nor should you ingest lavender essential oil, which is toxic when swallowed.

The most common form of edible lavender is English lavender, which is prized for its sweetness and subtle citrus tones.

I have used this culinary lavender product many times over the years. It also works well for making other crafts like lavender heating pads and lavender sugar scrub.

Tip #3: Let the lavender buds steep longer or add more buds for a stronger flavor.

Lavender buds steeping in hot water with sugar
Lavender buds steeping in boiling water-sugar mixture

If you find the lavender simple syrup lacks flavor, try steeping your lavender buds for a longer period of time. I steep mine for about 1 hour before I strain the mixture, which gives only subtle hints of lavender when combined with the lemonade.

Alternatively, you can add 3 tablespoons of dried lavender buds instead of 2.

Serving Suggestions

This lavender lemonade recipe is the perfect addition to a mimosa bar or as a cocktail (or mocktail) when hosting a bridal shower or baby shower.

When serving your special drink, consider whether you will add ice, which will dilute your lemonade as it melts. Adding a slice of lemon along with mint or lavender sprigs makes for a beautiful presentation.

Keep some lavender simple syrup on hand as a mixer for cocktails if you’re hosting a grown-up party. Your guests will love it!


For more information on the medicinal benefits of using lavender, you can read this article by Medical News Today.

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Lavender lemonade served in a pitcher with garnish of dried lavender buds, lemon slices and mint
Lavender lemonade in mason jar glass with lemon halves and dried lavender stems

Simple Lavender Lemonade Recipe

Author: firstdayofhome.com
This lavender lemonade recipe is cool and refreshing and has health benefits, too! It's the perfect beverage to relax by the pool or host guests at a baby shower or bridal shower.
4.7 from 15 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Additional Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 139 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 6 cups water (divided)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dried lavender
  • ¾ cup fresh lemon juice (about 7 lemons)
  • 8-10 mint leaves (optional)

Instructions
 

Lavender Simple Syrup

  • Bring 2 cups of water to boil. Remove from heat and pour over sugar. Stir until dissolved.
  • Stir in dried lavender buds and let steep for at least 1 hour (or up to 2 hours for stronger flavor).
    Lavender buds steeping in hot water with sugar

Lemonade

  • Combine juice from lemons and lavender simple syrup in a pitcher.
    Fresh lemon juice used for making lavender lemonade
  • Add the remaining 4 cups of water and stir well.
  • Optional: Add 8-10 leaves of fresh mint and let sit overnight for added flavor.
  • Garnish with sprigs of lavender, mint and lemon slices.
    Lavender lemonade recipe with dried lavender buds, fresh lemon and mint

Notes

Meyer lemons offer a sweeter more floral flavor compared to regular lemons and may have less acidity and tartness.
You may choose to add blue or purple food coloring to create a festive drink for parties and other special events.
The lavender simple syrup may also be used for mixed drinks to create unique cocktails.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 139kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 40mgFiber: 1gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 73IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

I hope you enjoy sharing this refreshing beverage with friends all summer long! Feel free to tag me on Instagram @firstdayofhome if you try this recipe!

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24 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    So I made this with one tweak – I didn’t use frsh squeezed lemon juice – I used a bottle of ‘Real Lemon’ juice. I think despite that it turned out well. Thank you!

  2. Hi!

    When garnishing with lavender, does it have to be food grade? If so, can you please share where to get that? I am only finding food grade buds.

    Thanks so much! Looking forward to having this as my signature cocktail at my wedding this spring.

    -H

    1. Hi Hannah! This is a great question. You really want to make sure that the lavender wasn’t grown with use of pesticides. I would buy something like this: organic lavender stems. I hope this helps. Congrats on your upcoming wedding! What a fun idea for a wedding cocktail. -Crissy

      1. Thanks for the quick reply, Crissy! I made this for my bridal shower this weekend (trial for wedding!) and it was a huge hit!! I made this lemonade and had the option to add champagne – a twist on a French 75 – or vodka and it was such a fun cocktail. Very easy! I can’t wait to have these on my big day. Ordering the lavender stems now!!

        1. I’m so thrilled to hear that, Hannah! This will be such a fun time in your life. I hope you can soak it all in and enjoy every minute. Can’t wait to hear how the wedding goes! I hope the stems work out for you. Best wishes, Crissy

  3. This looks amazing! I’m going to make it this week. What is the total volume/yield for one recipe (sorry if I missed it!)?

    Thanks,
    Sarah

    1. Yay, I can’t wait to hear how it turns out, Sarah! This should make about 6 servings (roughly 6 cups total). You can always try doubling it or adding water to make it more dilute if you want it slightly less sweet/tart. Let me know how it comes out for you. Enjoy! Thanks, Crissy

  4. Hi Crissy! I made this lavender infused lemonade from fresh lavender from my herb garden. I gave you a shout out in my video and linked your blog. I hope you’ll give it a watch, because it came out so delicious! Thanks for this great recipe and your wonderful blog! All my best, Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa! Thanks for the shout out for First Day of Home! That’s always appreciated. I’ll check out the video. I’m on YouTube as well! I hope you’ll join me over on my channel, too. Best wishes, Crissy

  5. This is so beautiful! I’ve never tried lavender in lemonade, but I do have some growing, so I think I will try this! We have a new link party starting tomorrow I would love if you would come link up there!

    1. Hi Jennifer! How wonderful to be able to grow your own lavender. Thanks for the kind words and your invitation. I’ll definitely swing by! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Crissy

  6. Oh Crissy, not only perfect for lemonade, but now I’m considering the cocktail options – lol.
    Thank you for sharing your lavender lemonade recipe at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your summer recipe at tonight’s party and pinning too.
    Hugs,
    Kerryanne

    1. Thanks so much, Kerryanne! Please feel free to add the cocktail option too! Hee hee. I’m thrilled to be featured and will stop by tomorrow! Hugs, Crissy

  7. 5 stars
    So easy and so tasty! I used lavender from my garden that so dries last year. My new go to summer beverage! Thank you! 😍

    1. Hi Lauren. I’m so glad you’re trying the recipe! Yes, I strain the lavender as I add the simple syrup to the pitcher. You can watch the quick video on the page to see exactly how I do it. I hope you enjoy your lemonade! Let me know how it turns out.

  8. 5 stars
    This recipe for lavender lemonade is light and refreshing! A lovely addition to any picnic or summertime tablescape!

  9. This sounds so yummy and refreshing, Crissy. I have a jar of culinary lavender in my cupboard to make it too. Just have to wait for some nice hot temperatures to enjoy on the backyard deck. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Thank you, Marie! Wow, not everyone just has a jar of culinary lavender lying around. I’m very impressed! Ha! I hope you enjoy the recipe!