Recipe: Lavender Lemonade

Lately, every time I run to the grocery store I've been buying lemons.  I'm not sure where this lemon  compulsion came from, but the end result is that I accumulated an insane amount of  lemons in my house for no apparent reason.

Luckily, I stumbled upon this recipe at Sunday Suppers, which, by the way, is an inspiring blog by the amazing culinary stylist and photographer Karen Mordechai.  If you haven't seen this site yet, you need to check it out.  You will get lost (and a little hungry) looking at all the beautifully photographed recipes.

The Lavender Lemonade recipe I found was a perfect match for my lemon overload because right now my lavender bush looks like this...

Naturally, I had to give this recipe a try.  It. Was. Divine.  An added plus was how the fresh citrus smell of lemon juice combined with the herbal lavender scent to fill the whole house with a fresh aroma during the infusing process.  It made our house smell crazy good. 

Lavender Lemonade
(Recipe adapted from Sunday Suppers)

Stuff you'll need:
8 cups of water
1 cup of sugar
4 sprigs of lavender (stems and buds), plus additional for garnish
5 lemons juiced
2 limes juiced

In a large saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Remove from heat; add 5 lavender sprigs and lemon and lime juices. Cool to room temperature, strain, and chill. Serve on ice, with additional lavender for garnish.

Of course, if you didn't feel like steeping your lemonade to infuse the lavender, you could just throw a few sprigs of lavender into a glass of regular lemonade to jazz it up.  Simple as that.

Do you have lemonade recipes you'd like to share?  I'd also love suggestions about other things I could do with my lavender.  I'm never quite sure what to do with those pretty blossoms.