A sweet and refreshing limeade with a touch of lavender.
I spent my week debating what lavender recipe to try out after I recently bought a big bush of it. I was tempted to use it for lavender tea but then again, it’s summer and I couldn’t publicly admit that I am a crazy person who drinks hot tea while it has 30C outside. No, I decided to go for something more publicly acceptable and make lemonade or rather limeade with it. Gosh, was I glad I did! This is hands down the best thing I’ve ever drunk in my life! (Or is it drank? I’m not sure, I get my grammar confused when I’m excited). I know that us bloggers tend to exaggerate and use the word “best” a lot, but I am 100% serious here.
I love limeade as well as lemonade, I really do. But after tasting the delicate flavor of lavender limeade I feel as though there is no going back for me. Every time I make a syrup now, I’ll be tempted to toss some lavender into it! So do be warned, this recipe is addictive!
Lavender is one of those things that you only enjoy in small portions. The flavor is so subtle, it’s more of an aftertaste than anything else. Because it has such a delicate flavor, I decided to use limes instead of lemons. While limes are just as refreshing as lemons, they don’t have this strong overpowering flavor that lemons do. This makes them a great carrier for weaker flavors such as lavender.
For this recipe we are making a mix between a lime syrup and a simple syrup. It’s important that you bring the lime juice, water and sugar to a boil so that the sugar crystals dissolve completely. Afterwards you add in the fresh lavender and let it infuse the syrup for at least 2 hours. Yup, this isn’t a recipe that’s done in 5 minutes. You don’t, however, want to cut any of that time away because the lavender needs this time to release all it’s delicious flavor.
Is there a specific kind of lavender you should use? Not really, as every kind of lavender is edible. You do, however, want to make sure it wasn’t treated with pesticides before using it to make a beverage. Also be sure that there are no bugs on your lavender before tossing it into the syrup.
I personally am not concerned about consuming food coloring. If you are, you can simply omit the food coloring. It will still be tasty 🙂Print
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 120
- Total Time: 125
refreshing, sweet with notes of lavender
- 150ml lime juice (8–10 limes)
- 100ml water
- 150g granulated sugar
- a small handful of fresh lavender flowers
- Wilton violet food color, optional
- Wilton rose food color, optional
- sparkling water
- ice cubes
- lime slices
- Bring lime juice, water and sugar to a boil. Remove from heat.
- Add in the fresh lavender flowers and let infuse for 2 hours.
- Strain into a carafe and discard the lavender.
- Optional: Dye purple by using Wilton violet and rose food colors. Add only a small amount with a toothpick, adding more if necessary, until you reach the desired color.
- Fill into a clean bottle.
- Serve with sparkling water, ice cubes and lime slices for decor.
- This recipe yields 1 small bottle of lavender syrup. Feel free to double the recipe.
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Tagged With: lavender, lavender limeade, lemonade, lime, summer beverage, summer drink
Filed Under: Summer Recipes, Syrups & Lemonades
I have a ton of limes in my fridge right now and am definitely going to make this. I also have lavender in the garden – what a great combination. Thanks!
Awesome! Let me know how it turned out 🙂
THis sounds heavenly! I must try! Plus, I bet it’s a very calming drink too.
Hmm I haven’t experienced any calming properties, but maybe that’s because I’ve been drinking it with soda 🙂
This sounds delicious and it looks beautiful. I love lavender everything! It’s my favorite type of flower.
Mine too! 🙂
Our lavender has really grown and I can use it to make this now! This is so pretty and I am going to make it for a group of girlfriends who are coming over. They are going to be amazed!
Thanks Lisa 🙂 Let me know how you liked it.
This sounds so yummy – I never would’ve thought of that flavor combo! I bet it’s delicious!
Ya the flavors work together really well 🙂
This is so interesting and looks soooo refreshing. I’ve never worked with lavender before so this is a great recipe to try that on. And I drink hot tea in the summer too. Throughout the day!! LOL!
Omg I love you for saying that! Us tea drinking weirdos should start a club 😉
I love the idea of using fresh lavender! This sounds great.
Thanks Jenna 🙂
I’ve always wanted to try something with lavender but this is the first thing that’s sounded REALLY appealing and delicious! I’ll definitely be trying. Thanks for sharing!
Glad to hear that, thank you Gabby 🙂
Well this sounds delicious & like something I need to try ASAP! I’m doing my best with quitting all cokes and it’s really hard. But alternative drinks like this is definitely what I need right now!
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Ya I know it’s difficult to quite once you’re used to it. We generally don’t have soft drinks in our home because I find them too addictive. If there are none around, you’re not tempted 🙂
Great combination! I haven’t had anything like that before
Thanks 🙂 It’s quite tasty!
These photos are freakin’ GORGEOUS. I absolutely love lavender–I grow tons and tons of it in my yard, and I spend all summer combining it with lemon in different ways–but I’ve never thought of combining it with lime! I’ll have to give this a try now that I know that it won’t overpower the lavender flavor!
Aww thanks Robin 🙂 It’s awesome that you grow your own lavender! My husband is building me a flower bed this year and I cannot wait to grow lavender in our garden as well!
Okay I was thinking there is no way that drink is that beautiful naturally! Wow so pretty and so delicious sounding!! I love lavender infused drinks!
Hahaa yes I admit to coloring it 🙂
This sounds so tasty!
It definitely is 🙂
Wow this sounds amazing! I’ve never ingested anything with lavender in it, but it might be time to give it a try!
Definitely give lavender a try, it’s a wonderful flavor! 🙂
I am just getting into this whole “you can drink lavender” thing. I only thought it was a flower that could be made into an oil and help you sleep. Now I see this! I have to try this. Thank you for sharing.
Ya lavender is very versatile! It’s super delicious in drinks or food, definitely something worth trying 🙂