When freshly squeezed lemonade is mixed with a lavender simple syrup, something magical happens. This lavender lemonade cocktail has a few sweet tricks up its sleeve. This cocktail is best described as an elevated and boozy twist on the classic lemonade - sounds delightful, right?! Now, a serious lemonade question. Have you ever made lemonade with the lemon peel? Lemon peels are full of oils and when blended create this rich and creamy, full-flavored lemonade that is unlike anything you have ever tasted before. Once you make lemon peel lemonade, you will never go back!
This 5-ingredient lavender lemonade cocktail is a fun twist on the classic lemonade. All you need to do is whip up some lemon peel lemonade, make an easy lavender simple syrup, and splash in some vodka. I'll walk you through a few easy culinary techniques that will take your lemonade game to the next level! This lavender lemonade cocktail recipe is a sweet and zesty sip of Summer. Now, let's get you a glass of boozy lavender lemonade!
I absolutely love lemons and use lemon juice and zest to lighten up everything from dinners, to drinks, and desserts. When I originally started recipe testing, I had visions of throwing in whole lemons, lavender flowers, sugar, and water into a blender for a super easy recipe. I'm a huge fan of no-fuss recipes if I can get away with it! I quickly realized that using the whole lemon made the lemonade very bitter, requiring too much sugar to balance it out the mouth puckering flavor. The more I fiddled with this recipe, more steps were added, and the better the recipe became. In the end, I was able to find the perfect balance of lemon peel, sugar, and lavender for the the ultimate lavender lemonade cocktail!
Chef Tip: Lemon peels are full of natural oils that not only have a strong citrus scent and flavor, but also can create an emulsion when blended. An emulsion is when two liquids that typically do not mix seamlessly together become one uniform liquid with the help of an oil and quick mixing. When blended, the lemon peel oils evenly coat each water molecule making the lemonade very creamy and prevents separation when left in the refrigerator over night. I also love the rich flavor and color a lemon peel gives to this recipe!
Another exciting element to this lavender lemonade cocktail recipe is the homemade lavender simple syrup. If making a simple syrup is a little intimidating, don't be afraid! I'll hold your hand through the entire process - I guarantee you will be surprised how easy it is! Essentially, you are warming water, sugar, and lavender flowers together until the sugar dissolves. When heated up, the lavender flowers steep and infuse all of its flavor into the syrup (just like tea). After you've brought the lavender simple syrup up to a simmer, take off the heat and strain out the lavender flowers once it cools down to room temperature. Yes, it really is that simple! If you can boil and strain pasta, you can simmer and strain this homemade simple syrup.
Check out the above photo with the two mason jars. To demonstrate the effect the lemon peel oils have on the lemonade, I made classic lemonade on the right and my blended lemon peel lemonade on the left. The lemonade blended with the lemon peel is much more colorful, rich, and creamy. I'm telling you, your lemonade game will never be the same!
Dietitian Tip: If you needed another reason for why you need this cocktail in your life, few small research studies have suggested that eating lavender may have a calming and relaxing effect. This means lavender is the perfect drink addition to help you unwind and relax while sipping this boozy lemonade by the pool on a warm weekend (source 1, source 2).
Loving all things lavender? Check out my full guide to culinary lavender where I discuss how to find, use, grow, and prepare culinary lavender. Now that you know how to make a lavender simple syrup, you can enjoy sweet lavender all year long in everything from drinks to desserts. Cheers!
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This 5-ingredient lavender lemonade cocktail is a fun twist on the classic lemonade. All you need to do is whip up some lemon peel lemonade, make an easy lavender simple syrup, and splash in some vodka. Take your lemonade game to the next level with this sweet and zesty sip of Summer!
- First, prepare the lavender simple syrup by mixing the lavender flowers, 1 cup of water, and sugar together in a medium pot and set on the stove on medium heat, stirring occasionally. Heat on the stove for about 10-15 minutes until small bubbles begin to slowly simmer for a few minutes around the sides of the pot (do not let boil - see note 1). Take the pot off the heat, letting the lavender infuse into the syrup while cooling at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Once the simple syrup has cooled to almost room temperature (70°F - 80°F reading on a thermometer), strain the lavender simple syrup with a fine mesh strainer and discard the lavender flowers. When straining, pour the lavender simple syrup directly into the serving pitcher.
- Prepare the lemonade by first peeling 2 lemons (see note 2) then juicing all 8. Add the lemon peels, lemon juice, and 4 cups water to a blender and blend on medium speed for about 1 minute or until the peels have become very small and the lemonade is creamy. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the blended lemonade into a serving pitcher and discard the strained lemon peel.
- In the serving pitcher, mix the lemonade and lavender simple syrup well and let chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. After the lemonade has chilled, taste and adjust sweetness if needed. When serving, pour the lavender lemonade cocktail into each glass and top off each drink with 0.5 - 1 oz of vodka, ice, and garnish with a lemon slice.
Note 1: Heating sugar and water is an easy way to make a classic simple syrup, an easy process that should not be left unattended on the stove. Make sure the simple syrup does not boil as the syrup can get hot very fast and can splatter and cause a burn. Also, do not stick your finger in the pot to check its temperature when cooling. Always use a thermometer to see if your simple syrup has come to room temperature (about 70°F) before straining. Hot sugar can burn your skin if it has not had a chance to cool.
Note 2: When peeling the lemon apply light pressure to the skin using a vegetable peeler. The white part under the lemon peel has a bitter flavor, so when applying light pressure to the peeler you get more of the yellow skin and less of the white underneath. Some white is ok, just the less of it the better.
- Serving Size: 1 glass (7 oz including alcohol)
- Calories: 244
- Sugar: 43 g
- Sodium: 9 mg
- Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 48 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 0 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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