An Easy Lavender Lemonade Recipe You’ll Love
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.
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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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Simple Lavender Lemonade Recipe
- Lavender Flowers culinary grade
- 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)
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).
- Combine juice from lemons and lavender simple syrup in a pitcher.
- 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.
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!
how many gallons does this make?
It should make about a 1/2 gallon. You could always make a few batches or try doubling the recipe if you need more. I hope this helps!
Ill have to make about 3 batches lol. Im making it for my baby shower and need 1.5 🙂 thank you for getting back to me!
Oh, how fun! Enjoy it! Congrats on expecting as well, Emily. It’s such an exciting time!
Thanks for sharing! Does it keep long?
Thank you! I’d say it keeps for about 3-5 days, but I haven’t exactly tested it. Sorry, my original reply was for a different post!
This looks so good! What a great twist on a summer classic!
Thanks so much, Suzanne!
I made this for my daughter’s baby shower this weekend and Omgoodness. This was delicious. Perfect hint of lavender. Superb blend of tangy, sweet and fragrant. Big hot,
That’s great to hear, Tracy! Thanks for sharing your experience. It does hit the spot on a hot summer day.
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!
That’s great to know, Tina! I’m glad it turned out well. It’s nice to have a good shortcut handy. Hope you enjoy it.
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.
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
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!!
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
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!)?
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
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
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
Thanks, Crissy! I definitely will check out your YouTube channel!
Great, thanks Lisa!
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!
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
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.
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
So easy and so tasty! I used lavender from my garden that so dries last year. My new go to summer beverage! Thank you! 😍
My lavender is steeping now! Do you strain the flowers before adding everything else?
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.
I love your recipes! This is not only delicious but would be a lovely addition to a tablescape! So pretty
Thank you, my sweet friend! It’s so refreshing, I’m declaring it my official drink of summer! 🙂 Hugs, Crissy
This recipe for lavender lemonade is light and refreshing! A lovely addition to any picnic or summertime tablescape!
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!
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!