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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