Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” – John Lubbock, The Use Of Life
Busy. I used to think that word was synonymous with important, productive, and meaningful. Turns out that sometimes it can indicate those things, but so can rest.
I’ve learned – mostly by making mistakes – that if I want to **actually** do the things I say are important to me in the optimistic first days of January, I have to build in rest. That’s why in between bursts of activity this summer, I’ll be stealthily squirting my kids with a water blaster from the front porch while I sip on this thirst-quenching lavender lemonade. It’s tart and sweet with aromatic notes of lavender and a hint of thyme.
Serve it in the classical style, or dress it up by replacing the water with sparkling mineral water. Either way, I hope you savor it while you take time to slow down.
All in all, it was a never to be forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” —L.M. Montgomery, Anne’s House of Dreams
To make this lemonade fizzy, substitute 4 cups of sparkling unflavored mineral water for plain filtered water. This is my husband’s favorite way to drink it. (Fyi, it does make the lemonade a slightly lighter shade of pink.)
Also, because I know some of you will ask how to make this into a grown-up drink, I grabbed some vodka I bought for making homemade vanilla extract and added it in – delish! I’m not a fan of strong drinks so I used about 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) per 1 cup of lemonade.
More Uses For Lavender Blossoms
If you’re buying dried lavender for this recipe and would like some more ideas for using it, here are a few of my favorites:
- Relaxation In A Jar (Bath Salts Recipe)
- Deep Sleep Tincture Recipe
- Sweet Dreams Tea
- Homemade Scouring Powder
- Postpartum Herbal Sitz Bath
Lavender Lemonade Recipe
Makes approximately 6 cups of lavender lemonade
- 1/4 cup dried lavender blossoms (where to buy lavender blossoms)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (where to by thyme)
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup light colored honey (this is what I use)
- 1 cup lemon juice (If you use organic lemons don't waste the rind - use it to make lemon pepper seasoning!)
- 5 cups filtered water, divided (can use 1 cup of filtered water and 4 cups sparkling water if desired)
Place the lavender blossoms, thyme and 1 cup of water in a small pot. Cover and bring water to a boil, then remove the pot from heat and set it aside to steep for one hour. While the lavender water is steeping, squeeze the lemon juice and set it aside. When the lavender thyme water is ready, strain out the herbs and pour it into a glass jar. Add in the honey and lemon juice and stir until well-combined, then add in the remaining 4 cups of water. Adjust the lemonade to taste if needed (more honey or more lemon depending on your preference), then serve and enjoy.