Homemade
Lavender Lemonade

Hey lovelies!

This week I’ve had lavender on the nose. No, seriously. I accidentally touched my nose to my lavender mint candle and cannot get the scent out of my nostrils. {Totally a “sorry, I’m not sorry” moment…}

It’s finally becoming summer around here. The horse show season is in full swing, my outdoor space is almost complete, and the smell of charcoal is in the air. It wouldn’t be summer without lemonade. However, I’m back to watching my carbohydrate consumption so traditional lemonade is a no go. 

After finding some inspiration out there, I came up with this recipe. Cutting the carbohydrate down more than 60%, compared to traditional lemonade recipes, this totally fits in my healthier lifestyle. Not to mention all the great benefits of adding lavender into my diet!

Lavender is thought to have antioxidant components that can impact the endocrine system to lower the levels of stress hormones in the body. Due to it’s effect on the central nervous system, lavender is know to induce relaxation. The polyphenols found in lavender have a wide range of effects on the body. These unique chemicals are known to be have strong anti-inflammatory properties. They also prevent the development of harmful bacteria and accumulation of gas in the gut. Therefore, consuming lavender is known to ease stomach discomfort and reduce bloating. Love ALL OF THIS!

I adapted this recipe from one of my favorite traditional lemonade recipe I have in my stash. Since running across monkfruit sweetener, I’ve been able to reintroduce some sweet options into my diet again without the guilt.

Monkfruit is a sub-tropical fruit originated from the southern mountains of China. Thought to  be named after the Buddhist monks who originally cultivated them over 800 years ago.

My desire to maintain my clean diet, I didn’t want to introduce anything that was made in a lab. So many of the artificial sweeteners out there are toxic and carcinogenic. Monkfruit is substituted 1:1, has no aftertaste. Seriously, none! A serving of one teaspoon only carries 4 carbohydrates {sugar alcohol only in my brand.} More importantly, it has zero calories and no glycemic impact. Great for all you health conscious people out there!

Homemade Lavender Lemonade

SERVINGS: 8

PREP TIME: 10

TOTAL TIME: 130

Nothing says summer like a refreshing glass of homemade lemonade. Treat yourself without the guilt! Here’s a low sugar solution to an old fashion recipe.

Ingredients:

Lavender Syrup:

  •  2 cups Distilled Water
  • 1/2 cup Monkfruit Sweetener
  • 1/2 cup Agave Nectar
  • 3 tablespoons Organic Dried Lavender

Lemonade:

  •  4 cups Distilled  Water
  • 2 cups Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
Directions:

Lavender Syrup:

  1.  Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan and place over medium-high heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and stir till all the sugar dissolves.
  3.  Remove from heat and stir in agave and lavender.
  4. Allow to steep for 15-20 minutes, after strain remaining lavender.

Lavender Lemonade:

  1.  In a large pitcher, combine water, lemon juice and syrup. Mix and chill in refrigerator to approximatly 2 hours.
  2. Serve over ice and garnish with a fresh sprig of lavender or slice of lemon.
  3. Enjoy!

Notes:

 

 

calories

73

fat

0

carbs

20

protein

0

*serving size is 1 cup or 8 fluid oz.

Personal Notes:

Remember this is for sweet lemonade. If you prefer a less sweet option, take the agave down to a 1/4 cup. Slicing those carbs down even further. 

I also used some agave I had which was uncolored. That makes the drink in my photos look so translucent. I’ve switched to making this recipe with more traditional golden agave and it makes the lemonade a beautiful amber color. Totally up to your aesthetic preference!

I started serving with just a little bit of mint. There’s just something amazing about a refreshing drink with a hint of mint. Garnish and give it a go!

I’m telling you, this is my new favorite drink. It’s SO refreshing! If I’m hosting or not, I keep a pitcher of it in the fridge and have been sharing with friends and family. 

I truly hope you try this recipe and each and every one of you enjoy! Cheers to summer!

XOXO,

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