Here in Jersey, the weather is finally starting to clear up. And you know what that means; Spring marks the beginning of outdoor wedding celebrations–including engagement parties, bachelorette gatherings and showers!
If you’re planning a gorgeous outdoor gathering of your own, you may want to serve up some lavender lemonade–a non-alcoholic beverage that’s getting attention not only for its bright purple coloring, but its incredible health benefits!
According to recent medical reports, lavender can boost the appearance of your hair and skin, in addition to relieving pain and fighting some digestive infections. Research has even revealed that its essential oil may treat anxiety, depression and insomnia.
It’s hard to believe the herb can do all this while still looking and smelling amazing!
To serve some homemade lavender lemonade of your own, follow the simple steps below. We’re sure your guests will be SO impressed with the gorgeous purple presentation!
Yields: 6 servings
– 2.5 cups boiling water
– 1 cup dried lavender flowers (*make sure all garden-grown lavender has not been treated with chemicals)
– 1 cup sugar
– 1 cup lemon juice
– 2 cups cold water
– Place lavender in a pitcher.
-Bring 2.5 cups of water to a boil.
– Pour boiling water over lavender, immediately cover with plastic wrap and let steep for 1 hour.
– Remove lavender from the water (strain).
– Add 2 cups cold water, lemon juice and sugar to the pitcher.
– Stir until all sugar dissolves.
– Refrigerate until served.
– Serve over ice cubes. (Editors note: we suggest serving the drink in mason jars for a fun, rustic look!)
Voilà! Delicious, dazzling lavender lemonade for your next spring party!
P.S. if you’re totally lavender obsessed (or just thinking of trying it out for the health benefits) check out our friend Christopher Radko’s Wild Lavender Collection. He’s got all sorts of fabulous products with lavender infusions–many of them sold retail right here in New Jersey!
And if you think you might be interested in starting your own lavender garden, take a peek at Clive Harris, one of our international followers, and his tips on growing lavender!
Happy planning, brides!