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This delicious Lavender Lemonade Cocktail with lavender simple syrup harmonizes perfectly with the botanical notes of gin.

After the success with the lavender cake, we uncovered our appreciation for lavender’s taste, and now we enjoy nearly anything with even a hint of lavender. This refreshing lemonade cocktail is evidence of that, and we enjoy it also as a mocktail.

It is easy to make and surprise your family or friends with lavender. Mostly lavender scores with its original purple appearance, delightful fragrance, and distinct flavor. Whether it is lavender strawberry jam, extract, biscuits or milk tea, each creation offers a touch of lavender’s exquisite charm and flavor.

This lavender lemonade cocktail adds a boozy twist to a regular lemonade and lavender syrup – delicious and looks fancy. 

Culinary lavender buds 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

The lavender simple syrup makes a unique flavor blend with tangy lemonade.

Adding egg white gives this vodka lemonade cocktail a creamy texture, making it stand out from traditional lemonade drinks.

You can choose either gin or vodka, allowing you to customize the cocktail to your preference or experiment with different variations.

It’s a refreshing and sophisticated twist on classic lemonade, perfect for impressing guests, especially if you garnish with a lemon or dried or fresh lavender.

This cocktail is not your everyday beverage; it’s a memorable sip that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.

lavender simple syrup 

Lavender Lemonade Cocktail Ingredients

It’s so easy and calls for only 4 ingredients.

lavender simple syrup

To make this lavender lemonade cocktail, you must make a simple syrup recipe with lavender. It can be made ahead.  

You will need culinary lavender buds and sugar to sweeten, or you can opt for a keto-friendly version and use stevia instead to make sugar-free lavender syrup.

If you like adding edible flowers to your cocktails, try this rose cordial to make a rose flavored cocktails.

homemade lavender syrup
homemade lavender syrup

lemon juice or lemonade

I suggest using homemade lemonade made by steeping lemon peel and lemon juice in lukewarm water overnight. The cold maceration of citrus peel adds color and a citrusy flavor, resulting in a rich lemonade.

If you opt for using freshly squeezed lemon juice alone, remember that lemon peel enhances the color and imparts a richer citrus flavor to the lemonade than just lemon juice. In this case, I recommend adding soda water to temper the tartness.”

Where to Buy Culinary Lavender

egg white

adds a creamy texture and visual appeal finish to the cocktail.

gin or vodka

Gin or vodka are the best choices for this lavender lemonade cocktail because their relatively neutral flavors allow the aromatic lavender and zesty lemon to shine. I am not a fan of artificial food coloring. If you want to add more purple hue to this lemon lavender cocktail, use Empres 1908 gin, which is purple.

Tools to make lavender lemonade cocktail recipe

  • shaker
  • pitcher
  • strainer

How to make a lavender lemonade cocktail

To craft a delightful lavender lemonade cocktail, you must prepare two key components: homemade lavender simple syrup and lemonade. 

Lavender Lemonade Cocktail Ingredients

To make this recipe, start with Lavender Syrup.

Culinary lavender buds

Whether you use fresh lavender growing in your garden or dried culinary lavender on hand, it’s crucial to check the expiration date to ensure it has been in your pantry for a while. 

When selecting your lavender, it’s best to pluck the blossoms at the peak of their bloom, as this imparts the most robust flavor. While I appreciate various culinary lavender varieties, those seeking a milder taste might opt for English Lavender (also known as Lavendula Angustifolia). Lavender Lemon, or Lavandula x intermedia, is an excellent choice for a more fragrant and delicate flavor profile.

In my culinary adventures, I’ve used English lavender flowers, but you can also use lavandin, a hybrid made of Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula latifoliaIt has a more robust flavor that some people love.

One important point to remember when cooking with lavender is that lavender possesses an intense flavor and aroma, so moderation is key. Excessive use of lavender can impart a soapy taste.

lemon juice or lemonade

First step: Making the lavender simple syrup

  1. Remove any insects before using lavender in the recipe
  2. Grate lemon zest from 2 organic lemons
  3. Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan, add sweetener and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Add lavender, lemon slices, and lemon peel (or lemon powder) if using. 
  5. Bring it to medium heat, remove from the heat, and cover it with the lid.
  6. Let the mixture infuse for at least 24 hours.
  7. Using a fine mesh strainer, remove the buds and citrus.
  8. Bottle the lavender simple syrup into sterilized glass bottles, seal it, and transfer it into the fridge.
making lemonade
making homemade lemonade

Second step: Making lemonade (big batch)

Use a juicer or juice the lemons manually

to keep most of the vitamin C; we will steep lemon zest instead of boiling it. Place the lemon zest and juice in a bowl and pour 2 cups of cool water that has been boiled before. Close the lid and keep it overnight to make the syrup darker and tastier. The longer it sits, the more fragrant it gets.

Strain the zest through a piece of muslin and pour it into a casserole.

making Lavender Lemonade Cocktail

Third step: Mix all ingredients in the shaker

  1. Place the gin, lemonade, lavender syrup, and egg white in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Add ice cubes and shake for 30 seconds until cold. Strain the drink into a glass, pour over ice and garnish with a fresh lavender and lemon or use a rosemary sprig. Serve immediately.

You’ll want to whip up this lavender lemonade cocktail for those warm summer gatherings when a refreshing, floral twist on the classic drink is needed. The combination of lavender simple syrup and gin creates a unique and perfect drink to enjoy when you want to add elegance and lavender flavor to your summer festivities.

using a shaker

How to store it?

Since we made a bigger batch, store the lavender simple syrup in an airtight container or a glass bottle. Keep it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Make sure to label it with the date of preparation for reference.

 If you’ve made a fresh lemonade recipe, store it in the fridge in a sealed container for up to two days. Over time, the lemonade may lose its freshness, so preparing it shortly before making the cocktail is ideal.

Tools to make lavender lemonade cocktail recipe

Where to Buy Culinary Lavender

I like to use Mountain Rose Herbs, which prioritize the quality of their products and offer organic, sustainably sourced herbs.

dried culinary lavender

lavandin

Lavender Lemonade Cocktail
Yield: 4 drinks

Lavender Lemonade Cocktail

To make this recipe, start with Lavender Syrup.

This delicious Lavender Lemonade Cocktail with lavender simple syrup harmonizes perfectly with the botanical notes of gin.

Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

Lavender Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup fresh or dried lavender
  • 240 ml (1 cup) boiled water, which you cool before use
  • 1 organic lemons, preferably unwaxed
  • 200 g (1 cup) cane sugar

Homemade lemonade

  • 3 organic lemons
  • 240 ml  (1 cup)  boiled water which you cool before use
  • 2-4 oz gin or vodka
  • 4 egg whites

Instructions

First step: Making the lavender simple syrup

  1. Remove any insects before using lavender in the recipe, and grate lemon zest from 2 organic lemons.
  2. Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan, add sweetener and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add lavender, lemon slices, and lemon peel if using. 
  4. Bring it to medium heat, remove from the heat, and cover it with the lid.
  5. Let the mixture infuse for at least 24 hours.
  6. Using a fine mesh strainer, remove the buds and citrus.
  7. Bottle the lavender simple syrup into sterilized glass bottles, seal it, and transfer it into the fridge.

Second step: Making Homemade Lemonade

  1. Use a juicer or juice the lemons manually To keep most of the vitamin C; we will steep lemon zest instead of boiling it. Place the lemon zest and juice in a bowl and pour 2 cups of cool water that has been boiled before. Close the lid and keep it overnight to make the syrup darker and tastier. The longer it sits, the more fragrant it gets.
  2. Strain the zest through a piece of muslin and pour it into a casserole.

Thirds step: Mix all ingredients in the shaker.

  1. Place the gin, lemonade, lavender syrup, and egg white in a cocktail shaker. This yields 4 drinks so you may want to split it into 4 batches. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Add ice cubes and shake for 30 seconds until cold. Strain the drink into a glass, pour over ice, and garnish with a fresh lavender and lemon, or use a rosemary sprig. Serve immediately.

Notes

Store the leftover of lavender simple syrup in an airtight container or a glass bottle. Keep it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Make sure to label it with the date of preparation for reference.

 If you've made a fresh lemonade recipe, store it in the fridge in a sealed container for up to two days. Over time, the lemonade may lose its freshness, so preparing it shortly before making the cocktail is ideal.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 865Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 316mgCarbohydrates: 235gFiber: 2gSugar: 231gProtein: 1g

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Vladka Merva on October 9th, 2023

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