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From the bar: Lemon Lavender Sodas

March 8, 2013

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We made it to the end of our unofficial picnic week! As I write this, however, there is hail falling out of the sky! So much for picnic weather! At any rate, here’s a fun twist on lemonade for whenever the mood strikes, picnic or not: lavender simple syrup + fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice + a splash of soda water. This sparkling lemonade is easy to make, super refreshing and just surprising enough on the palate, that it makes you feel like you’re drinking something really special (mostly because you are, duh). BONUS! Add your favorite vodka, gin, or liqueur and you’ve got yourself a boozy lemonade. Thank you for all of your kind comments this week! Many of you are knee-deep in snow, so I’m glad I could bring a little spring your way. -xo

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Lemon Lavender Sodas

Makes 6- 8oz sodas (plus you’ll have a little lavender syrup leftover)

 

INGREDIENTS

For the syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons dried lavender (found at Wholefoods)

For the sodas

  • Sparkling water (we have a Soda Stream and LOVE it! Can’t go back to buying)
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (3 tablespoons for each glass)
  • Lavender simple syrup

DIRECTIONS

For the syrup

Combine ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Allow to simmer until the sugar is dissolved and remove from heat. Allow syrup to cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Mason jars work well. Keep refrigerated. Stores for about a week.

For the sodas

Combine 3 tablespoons lemon juice and 3 tablespoons syrup. Top with soda water. Viola!

 

NOTE: to make single servings, it is equal parts juice and syrup, topped with soda water.

Enjoy!

 

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2013 2:33 pm

    I love that you combined lemon and lavender, so creative!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 14, 2013 11:04 am

      Thank you!

  2. March 8, 2013 4:02 pm

    Fancy straws makes everything even better!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 14, 2013 11:04 am

      I couldn’t agree more :)

  3. March 8, 2013 5:23 pm

    I’ll have to try this!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 14, 2013 11:05 am

      I hope you do Allison, it’s yummy!

  4. March 8, 2013 6:02 pm

    Yum! I’m going to make all of your picnic food when it actually gets warm enough here for a picnic…come on spring!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 14, 2013 11:05 am

      Awesome! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that spring comes to you soon! xo

  5. March 9, 2013 5:00 am

    I love this idea, can’t wait to try it.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 14, 2013 11:06 am

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it, it’s so refreshing!

  6. March 21, 2013 2:21 pm

    This post just made me so thirsty : )

  7. March 22, 2013 3:30 am

    I love lavender in cold drinks. I usually make a lavender syrup to use it in iced tea. I have to give this a go.

  8. johannahb451 permalink
    April 27, 2013 3:16 am

    where did you find those straws? I absolutely love them

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 27, 2013 11:18 am

      Hmmmm, I can’t remember exactly. I sort of hoard them from various locations but Shop Sweet Lulu has a great selection online, as does Papersource.

      • johannahb451 permalink
        April 27, 2013 11:24 am

        okay thank you! I also would like to tell you that your blog is my favourite one of all time. I plan on trying all of your recipes

        • love and cupcakes permalink*
          April 27, 2013 11:32 am

          Awe, you stop that! I’m blushing. Thank you for such a sweet comment! What a wonderful way to start my day :)

  9. May 6, 2013 4:09 pm

    I just discovered your blog via Joy the Baker and I have to say, I love it! I’ve pinned just about every recipe I’ve read so far – they’re all so delicious, and so beautifully styled! Hi from Australia!

    Ashleigh x

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      May 6, 2013 4:15 pm

      Awe, Thanks so much Ashleigh! I’m so glad you found me and I hope you’ll stay a while :) xo -Paola

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