Summer is here and this boozy lavender lemonade is the perfect drink to keep your summer classy and sweet!
This recipe is brought to you in collaboration with NFRA. We are grateful for our partners support that enables us to bring you beautiful free content every week!
It’s been a bit quiet on these parts the past few weeks as the kids have gotten out of school and the chaos that is June is finally waning down. Between two kids end-of-year school events, birthday parties, weddings and graduations it feels like we’ve been running constantly.
The weather is finally warming up here in Oregon (over 100 degrees on Sunday!) and we’ve been trying our best to keep cool. Our yard is in full on construction mode right now with sprinkler repair and sod coming in on Saturday for a real yard (say goodbye wood chips and hello beautiful grass!) and we are prepping our patio space for laying pavers. Pictures soon I promise!
I’m just SO excited about all the parties we are going to throw this summer on the patio! New chairs and covers just came and string lights are about to be hung for the season. And all the lavender is in bloom!
Last year my obsession was our Blackberry Lavender Champagne Cocktail Blackberry Lavender Champagne Cocktail (which is still pretty darn delicious). But it’s a bit fancy with the champagne and I wanted something that would be just as easy to sip on but a bit more relaxed for our backyard dinners.
Enter this lavender lemonade. It’s delicious as a virgin cocktail of course (and the kids even tried a few sips of it) but who is going to argue with making it a little boozy? Not this girl.
We’ve partnered up with NFRA (National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association) on the development of this recipe for June Dairy Month and we are so glad we did! It’s just so easy to grab fresh juice and lemonade from the dairy aisle and it just tastes SO much better.
Pouring Florida’s Natural juice into a big beautiful pitcher at a brunch table is one of my secrets to getting that freshly squeezed orange juice taste without all the work of squeezing them that morning (ha!).
Knowing how much I love their orange juice I was thrilled to learn that they also have a lemonade out! It’s a refreshing, never made from concentrate lemonade (just like their orange juice).
A big deal for me though is that Florida’s Natural Lemonade is made with real cane sugar and not high fructose corn syrup. I take a lot of effort to make sure we stick to real foods and eat low sugar most of the time. And when we do have sweet treats I make it a point to find the real sugar versions or make my own.
As if that’s not enough their lemonade also donates all the profits from the sale of this product to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation which funds childhood cancer research. I’m super impressed with their story and love that it’s such an easy choice that I can feel happy about reaching for the same brand at the grocery store whenever I need a lemonade or orange juice now!
Let’s get started on the recipe! We made you a video to show you just how simple this is to infuse all that floral taste and aroma into your drink:
The syrup can easily be scaled up to whatever volume you need. It can be made in advance and stored no problem for several days too. Which makes it such an easy thing to do for party prep!
This recipe is geared for a small batch. If you are making this for a ton of people I would use a lot of lavender and reduce it down to a very concentrated syrup.
I hope you make this drink for your friends this summer! Be sure to tag us on social @adventurebite if you make this drink soon!
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- 1 cup water
- ½ cup honey
- 5-10 sprigs fresh lavender, flowers only (I like 10 sprigs but if you really think lavender tastes soapy then start with 5 sprigs)
- 16 ounces Florida’s Natural Lemonade
- 2 shots vodka
- Bring water, honey and lavender flowers to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes.
- Strain and cool syrup.
- Divide syrup into two glasses with ice and top with lemonade. If boozy is desired, leave room for a shot of vodka in each glass.
- Serve immediately!
Disclosure: This post is brought to you in proud collaboration with NFRA We are grateful for our partners support that enables us to bring you beautiful free content every week!