Lavender Lemonade: A soothing squeeze on the summer favorite

You'll be super relaxed with a glass of this

Lavender is blooming all over… into your baked goods, on your meat and steeped into your tea.

But when the summer sun is heating up the Heartland, you’ll want to infuse it into a refreshing glass of lemonade.

Not only is it cool, but it’s soothing too.

The folks at Shawnee Hills Lavender says the combination is delicious. Thankfully, they gave Heartland Weekend the recipe.

Word to the wise: just a little lavender goes a long way.

You’ll start with making Simple Lavender Syrup.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
2/3 cup water
2 tsps lavender buds

Directions:

Combine water, sugar and lavender in a saucepan.
Bring mixture to a boil stirring frequently.
Remove from heat, cover and let steep for 20 minutes.
Strain buds from syrup and let it cool.

From there, you’ll use the simple syrup as the sweetener for your lemonade.

Shawnee Hills Lavender is a big fan of using Kool-Aid Lemonade.

Empty a pack into a large plastic or glass pitcher. Combine it with 1 cup of the lavender syrup, and 2 quarts of cold water. Stir it until it all to dissolves.

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