Lavender has such an enchanting scent and flavor.  During a stay in Provence, it’s really a treat to be enveloped in the sight and scent of the “blue gold”, pure bliss!

 

 

The smell is incredible, and it seems that the whole countryside has a purple glow during harvest time!

 

 

 

I wish I had a secret holiday cottage there, but I don’t. I try to make our Southern California garden as much like Provence as i can!  And love to use organic lavender in a refreshing cool lemonade that I serve from antique French pottery pitchers in that glorious French Country gold color.

 

 

This FrenchGardenHouse French Lavender Lemonade is a classic summer drink that will remind you of summer time in Provence.  It goes well with every dish, and is so refreshing any beautiful afternoon.

Display it with a potted lavender, for a lovely setting that looks amazing.  Garnish with a little sprig of lavender.

 

 

 

You can vary the recipe somewhat, I sometimes add lime juice too, with a bit more sugar. You can garnish with a few lavender buds from your non-pesticide grown lavender. Rosemary from the garden makes a pretty garnish too, and adds a slightly different taste.

 

 

 

And on special occasions, I’ve been known to splash in some Limoncello liquor….which is technically Italian but oh! it is delicious.  The lemonade is really easy to make, I hope you will enjoy this recipe and make it your own summer specialty!

 

 

 

 

FRENCHGARDENHOUSE LAVENDER LEMONADE

MAKES ABOUT 13 – 14 CUPS

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 full teaspoons organically grown lavender buds
  • 12 cups water, divided {3c for step 1- 9c to add}
  • 2 cups sugar, maybe more to taste
  • 1 ½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt {optional}

MIX:

  1. Mix lavender, sugar to taste and the 3 cups water in a saucepan. Boil gently for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain out the lavender and add this lavender-infused “simple syrup mixture” to 9 cups of water, lime juice, and salt. Mix well and serve ice cold. Garnish with lavender sprigs and sliced lemon.

 

 ENJOY!

 

SOURCE LIST:
Antique Provence Yellow & Blue Pitcher

Vintage Provence Gold Pottery Pitcher

Lavender Linen Towel

French Bistro Glasses

 

{ps. Coming soon! These incredible antique French confit pots.}

 

 

 

 

à bientôt

 

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