Monday, January 6, 2014

Lavender Infused Ponderosa Lemonade

Last Monday I wrote a post on the Ponderosa lemons our cousin from Alabama gifted us with this Christmas, and today I'd like to share a delicious drink I mixed up using these gems.


Lavender Infused Ponderosa Lemonade
Adapted from A CUP OF JO
Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredients:
1/4 cup local raw honey
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1T dried lavender
1 cup fresh Ponderosa lemon juice
2 cups water for diluting

Directions:
For the syrup - in a small saucepan, combine the honey, sugar, and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat. Add dried lavender and steep for 3-4 minutes (or longer for stronger lavender flavor). Pour the syrup through a sieve to strain out the lavender then chill in the fridge.

When the syrup is chilled, combine it with the lemon juice in a pitcher. Mix in 2 cups of water (or more if it's too strong for your taste). Add ice and enjoy!



I wasn't sure how this would turn out since Ponderosa lemons aren't actually true lemons, but I was really happy with the end result. And even though this is definitely more of a summertime drink, it goes great with winter meals, especially the more heavy, rich dishes. We have already polished off the entire first batch of lemonade, so I guess I'll be making some more soon!

~Tammy

39 comments:

  1. This sounds refreshingly wonderful! I would love to give this a try :)

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  2. Sounds good! I sent a friend lemons for Christmas since they are harvested here in winter. It's like having a bit of summer in the dead of winter! Enjoy!

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  3. Oh my this sounds so refreshing. I must try this and I just happen to have lemons, although they are not ponderosa lemons. I'm on my way ~ thank you for the inspiration

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  4. I'm sure it tastes great
    Greetings

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  5. Mmmmm......sounds great! Glad you're putting those lemons to good use.

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  6. I suppose you wouldn't have to add ice where you're at: just set it outside for 10 minutes or so. If you're lucky, an icicle will fall from the roof edge into the glass. You could even reach up & break one off if you're in a hurry to drink the lemonade. Using icicles to replace ice-cubes is one more step on the road to self-sufficiency. When life gives you icicles, make lemonade.

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  7. I really love the beautiful picture you took. It makes it look even better than it sounds!

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  8. Looks delicious. The images look great.

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  9. Looks and sounds delicious! It is lemon season in my area now...hmmm.I think I need to go to my neighbors for some!

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  10. This sounds delicious - I really want to try this, thanks for the recipe! Photos are amazing - as always!

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  11. A wonderful source for vitamin C in mid winter!! Sounds wonderful!

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  12. Lemonade is my hubby's favorite! He'd like this any time of year, I'm sure.

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  13. Yummy!
    I enjoy a true glass of lemonade anytime. This sounds really good.
    Thank you.

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  14. Oh, this makes me wish it was summer! Sounds absolutely fabulous, and all of your photos are so pretty. I now may have to make up a batch of fresh lemonade (I say as I'm drinking my hot chocolate!). haha.

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  15. Mmm. I love lemonade. Did you zest the outer part? If so, you should make http://bornambitous-bornimaginative.blogspot.com/2013/08/lemon-pound-cake.html YUM!:)

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  16. Looks delish and would be so great for summer. Stay warm friend!

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  17. Yum. The addition of lavender must have added a really nice flavor.

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  18. Hi Tammy, This sounds WONDERFUL and so refreshing. Lavender is infused in so many foods and drinks! I need to try this. Hope your week is off to a good start.

    xxL

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  19. Tammy, it looks and sounds delicious!.. Thanks for sharing the recipe..Have a great day! Stay Warm!

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  20. I'm going to make this this summer when my lavender is in bloom. Delish.

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  21. That's so great , thanks for sharing this. I am going to try the recipe for certain, as we grow lots of lavender . Thanks Tammy

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  22. oh gosh, that sounds and LOOKS yummy!

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  23. Love it, and funnily enough I was considering making vodka lemonade a couple of days ago. Those two lemons in the fruit bowl really need using up :)
    Janiex

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  24. Wow, this sounds absolutely amazing!!! I'll have to save this recipe for the summer, though. I'm not much of a fan of cold drinks in the winter. :-)

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  25. I'm not a lemonade drinker..but If it has lavender in it...well...that's a different story...I also like the idea of honey it. I will definitely be giving this a try Tammy. Thank you and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  26. Yummmmm......sounds delicious! What a great way to use up some of your lemons.

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  27. Do you use a certain kind of lavender, Tammy or will any lavender buds do? I stared and stared at the first photo. My goodness it's really quite professional - like it came from a magazine! Beautiful work.

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  28. That sounds absolutely lovely! How refreshing that would be... And I especially love that it even has honey in it :)

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  29. That does look pretty good. and that sure is a great way to use up all those lemons..

    Hugs~

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  30. Oh I need to some lemonade ASAP! Looks so thirst quenching and refreshing.

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  31. That looks so good and I agree with a hot or spicy meal. Very refreshing , I could just take a sip right now.
    Thank you for the recipe.
    xx

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  32. I would have never thought of mixing lavender and lemons -- sounds great!

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  33. I love lemonades but have never considered them as a winter drink. Now you have me wanting to have some lemonade because this not only sounds but looks delicious. Hope you're having a great week!

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  34. that sounds great! and delicious! i love lemonade but have never tried it with lavender.
    thanks for sharing the recipe.

    big hugs

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