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Lavender Lemonade

I never knew you could cook with lavender until I was on vacation in France. I was served a refreshing lavender and vanilla scented lemonade that just hit the spot on that warm, sunny afternoon. —Susan Hein, Burlington, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + standing
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 to 7 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 6 large lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ice cubes

Directions

  • Bring 2 cups water and sugar to a boil. Remove from the heat; add lavender. Cover and let stand for 2-4 hours.
  • Strain, discarding lavender. Stir in lemon juice, vanilla and remaining water. Chill; serve over ice.
Editor's Note
Look for dried lavender flowers in spice shops. If using lavender from the garden, make sure it hasn't been treated with chemicals.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 139 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 37g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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