When Life Hands You Lavender

I picked up a little bottle of pure lavender essential oil from the Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm, recently, for a project I want to try here on The Pear Tree. But before I got to it, I started to discover all these other things I could do with it – including adding it to a pitcher of lemonade for a wonderful, distinctive nuance.

I was planning on saving this idea for a sunny day – the kind of day that begs you to make lemonade with an extra twist of stringency just to make it through the afternoon. But I am becoming doubtful that we here in what used to be known as the “Sunny Okanagan” will ever enjoy such a day again. Surely not a whole week of them. But I digress. This is about the lemonade – lavender lemonade, which will surely taste just as superb hot, sipped on whilst wrapped in a flannel blanket on the patio with a pair of wool socks (here I go again!)…

The Lavender Herb Farm carries a number of lavender essential oils, all extracted from their own crop. But the sales lady that helped me recommended the Lavandula Angustifolia ‘Maillette’ as one that’s good to cook with (not all of them, I guess, are edible).

Stay tuned for the original project I had in mind. In the mean time, try this sweet recipe for lavender lemonade. I hope the weather where you are is more demanding of it than here!

Lavender Lemonade

3 1/4 Cups water

1/2 Cup ReaLemon Lemon Juice (or, if you’re more ambitious than me, the same amount of fresh squeezed lemon juice)

2-3 drops pure lavender essential oil

1/2 Cup granulated sugar (adjust to taste, since the lavender diminishes the sweet)

Whisk all ingredients together in a pitcher. Serve with ice and lemon and (if you have it) a sprig of organic lavender.

– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier

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  1. Looks pretty tasty. I had some lavender oil to sniff during labor, which I’m pretty sure was NOT the edible type. I can’t actually remember whether I used it or not, but I do know that I found the scent calming as I tucked it into my hospital bag. Which is strange, because usually I’m not a fan of the old-lady quality of lavender’s aroma. Strangely, I like the taste, though. Lavender chocolates from Harrods. Mmmm….

  2. My wife makes her own fab lavender room spritzer, works nicely on pillowcases too! Your lavender lemonade might go well with some Lemon freckle lotion, from Barefoot Venus (locally made) described as creamy vanilla cake & warm buttery notes kissed with lemon optimism! peek at their Twitter feed, today would be a good day to try some of their stuff…

  3. OK, so we had some friends over for lunch last week, and I was feeling sorta’ summery (because the sun was actually shining over Cambridge for ONCE), so I tried this.

    I was too busy to look up the exact recipe here, so I improvised, but I was fortunate to find a jar of LAVENDER SUGAR in Waitrose and some Sicilian lemon juice. (Squeeze my own lemons? Are you kidding me? That would involved unpacking the juicer. We’ve ONLY lived here for 10 months! Don’t rush me, woman!)

    ANYway, just wanted to let you know that it was GREAT and went down a treat with my guests. I’ll definitely make it again.

    A friend suggests another recipe, meant to imitate Ruby Tuesday’s delicious summer lemonade drink: mix up some Crystal Light or Country Time lemonade, add some frozen blackberries that you’ve whizzed up just a little in a blender, then add some soda water to give it a bit of fizz. I’ll have to experiment with the quantities, but doesn’t that sound good?

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