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)
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.