refreshing lavender lemonade

Lavenade: Refreshing Lavender Lemonade Your Kids Will Love

As a mother of seven children, it’s always wonderful when my children help with making herbal recipes. We create memories, we create traditions, and we create or try new recipes. When we go out, we collect our herbs and prepare them. It’s a memorable experience for all of us. I love when my children name the recipes.

One day while being in the kitchen, my son and I were making a refreshing lavender lemonade drink, and he said to me “I love making lavenade!” I thought it was so cute that the name stuck with us.

refreshing lavender lemonade

Benefits of Lavender (Lavandula spp.)

Lavender is such an amazing aromatic herb. It relaxes the body, and with lavender’s volatile oil content it can soothe indigestion, even relieving gas and bloating. Lavender can be used for headaches, bites and stings, and so much more.

Lavender has been my go-to for years and a family favorite. It makes a wonderful end-of-the-day drink to calm the mind and relaxes a body that has done so much all day. It is certainly an herb that is valuable, especially in this day and age. In the hustle and bustle of daily life, we can all appreciate the herbs that soothe and calm the nervous system. I tell people all the time that the world needs to have these types of herbs in their home — nervines and adaptogens.

refreshing lavender lemonade

Benefits of Lemon (Citrus limon)

What I love about herbalism is how we can benefit from herbs that are easily accessible. I love the smell of lemons. It’s very uplifting for my mood and has many benefits. With its antibacterial and antioxidant properties, lemon makes for an awesome preventative medicine.

Lemon is an herb that cleanses and helps with maintaining health. The juice of lemon is good for colds, flu, and even sore throats. When any of my children catches a cold, I make a blend of 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 2 1/2 tbsp of hot water, add one clove of crushed garlic, and have them drink up to three times daily.  Lemon makes a great addition to herbal teas as well.

refreshing lavender lemonade

How to make Lavenade: A Refreshing Lavender Lemonade

Lavenade has been our family’s favorite go-to on many spring and summer days. Not only is it a delicious blend of lavender and lemon, it has quite a few benefits as well. It’s really a win-win!

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup dried lavender flowers
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar

Step One

  1. Make an infusion by boiling the water and then pouring the water over the lavender.
  2. Let it steep (covered) for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain and discard the lavender and put the water back into the pitcher.

refreshing lavender lemonade

refreshing lavender lemonade

Step Two

  1. Add the cold water, lemon juice and sugar.
  2. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Refrigerate before serving

What I love about this refreshing lavender lemonade is that it can be easily adjusted depending on taste preference. This drink will have a strong lavender taste, which my children do not mind, but you can also reduce the amount of lavender used and same for sweetening it — you can add more or less sugar.

Either way, you’ll have a refreshingly beneficial drink.

I hope you and your family really enjoy this refreshing drink all summer long!

refreshing lavender lemonade

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20 comments
  1. Sounds so refreshing. Cant wait to try it!

    • Enjoy! :)

  2. Thank you so much for this recipe.i can not wait to try it.

  3. This sounds really good! Thank you – and I’m going to check out Sam The Junior Herbalist now for my child!

    • Yay! It’s such a great book :)

  4. Sounds so good – until I got to the sugar! It’s a no-=n0 in my house. Will have to try it with a sugar substitute.

  5. I make a simple syrup with sugar water and lavender. Bring to a boil then I let simmer for about 10 minutes. Strain and use to make lemonade (or cocktails 😉). Sugar just dissolves in warm/hot water better so this works great. I use similar amounts of water, lemon and sugar but only about half the lavender. I am in SLC Utah and have a hedge of lavender that grows great here!

    • That sounds delicious, Kat! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Do younreally think that one cup of sugar makes a healthy drink for anyone, especially kids? It is not so much a question of taste, but health, & we have ongoing scientific evidence of the harmful effects of sugar,

    • The recipe, though it calls for 1 cup of sugar, is diluted with 5 cups of liquid. Each one cup serving contains 1/5 of a cup, respectively, of sugar which they said can be reduced if you prefer or you may use honey instead.

    • Hi Jade,

      Thank you for your feedback. If you would like to make lavenade without sugar, honey or stevia would be great substitutions — and I think it also tastes great without sweetener :)

    • It really depends a lot on the type of sugar used – white, refined sugar is definitely a no-no but try substituting with brown sugar (taste will change a bit) or better yet coconut or palm sugar. And reduce the amounts.

  7. What type of lavender do you use for this?

    • Hi Pat,

      Thanks for asking! I would recommend English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, which is sometimes also referred to as Lavandula officinalis. :)

  8. I love the picture of her son sipping the lemonade. I can’t wait to try it!

  9. Yes, I think that sounds like a lot of sugar as well. :( If substituting with honey, how much would you use? Thanks!

    • Usually 1/4 cup honey in comparison to 1 cup sugar but it also depends on the type and quality of honey…

    • Hi Pauline, thanks for asking! I agree with Gwen that the substitution ratio depends on the quality of honey and also your personal preference. I tend to substitute 1 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup honey.

  10. Hi my husband & I have diabetes can you make this using stevie?

  11. HI Karen, you can make this with any sweetener you like! I bet it will taste great with stevia!

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