Lavender Mint Lemonade

The lavender is blooming! Making lemonade with it is both an easy introduction to it for novices, and a great way to charm a five year old who prefers pink/purple food. The lemon remains the dominant flavor, with just a hint of mint and lavender. Actual sugar would likely be fine in this beautiful lemonade, but I’m trying to serve it to a couple of friend with diabetes. Besides, I’m quite fond of the hint of licorice that it adds.

Lavender Mint Lemonade
Concentrate for 5-6 glasses

2 T lavender flowers
3 springs mint, plus extra for garnishes if desired
2 T agave syrup
1 c boiling water
1/2 c lemon juice (about 2 lemons)

Steep the lavender and mint in the boiling water for 15 minutes. Strain, and mix with the agave syrup and lemon juice. Cool and pour 1/4 c over ice (for an 8 oz glass), and top the glass off with cold water.

Tip: Use a tea ball or muslin tea bag for the lavender if you have either.

Linked to: Gluten Free Wednesdays


5 thoughts on “Lavender Mint Lemonade

  1. Are you sure agave nectar is suitable for diabetics? I have left it on the shelf since being diagnosed.
    I don’t have lavender but would love to use lemon verbena, which grows profusely in my yard. Double lemon with a hint of licorice — mmmmmmmm.

    • It’s something you’ll want to consider in terms of your whole diet (and always consult your MD/NP/RD/nurse educator on what is suitable for your diet), but it has much smaller blood glucose spikes that you get from sugar. The glycemic index is much lower than most caloric sweeteners, and it’s sweeter than sugar so you can use less. In a drink like this, I’m able to bring it down to a teaspoon per serving whereas I would probably use almost tablespoon of white sugar.

      It does, however, have calories but no nutrients. So if you’re really acitvely trying to lose weight, it’s a food to seriously limit. For others, again, empty calories so it’s something to limit. Excessive intake of fructose (the main sugar in it) may carry other health risks, though, so go easy on it.

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