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Monday, August 14, 2006

Blueberry-Lavender Lemonade!

We were busy recently in the Imbibe test kitchen trying out different lemonade recipes for the summer. This was our favorite. The lavender gives it an extra refreshing quality, and the blueberries add a fantastic flavor and color.

1/4 cup dried lavender
1 1/2 cups boiling water
3/4–1 cup white sugar (depending on desired sweetness)
10 lemons
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
2 Tbsp. water
6 cups cold water

Place lavender in a bowl, pour boiling water over it and steep for 5-10 minutes, depending on desired strength (we steep ours for about 7 minutes). Strain the lavender, stir the sugar into the lavender water, then pour into a pitcher over ice. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice into the pitcher, add cold water and stir. In a blender, puree blueberries with 2 tablespoons of water. Add puree immediately to lemonade and stir well. Adjust sweetness and lemon strength accordingly. Garnish with a few fresh blueberries on a toothpick. Makes about 8 servings.


ann said...

looks delicious...would this mix well as a cocktail? what spirits would you suggest, if any? thanks!

Imbibe Magazine said...

Hi Ann,

This would make a fantastic cocktail. Vodka would be a perfect complement for a cocktail. You could even replace either the lavender or blueberry steps in the lemonade recipe, and instead make an infused vodka with lavender or blueberries (or both). Our July/Aug issue has an article on how to make all kinds of infusions. They're easy to create and they make a great foundation for cocktails.

James said...

I think this could be good with bourbon, too... kind of like a Lynchburg Lemonade. Maybe instead of infusing it with lavander, you could use orange peel (in place of tripel sec).

Cate said...

So far, my favorite cocktail this Summer is a Frozen Lemonade Cocktail ... can't wait to try this one.

Imbibe Magazine said...

This is also amazing with tequila. We tried it with a silver tequila and it was absolutely delicious.