Having one of those days where I could do with some lavender lemonade and a bar of chocolate.
As a non-drinker, I find I turn to a lot of herbal “remedies” in addition to exercise to soothe my nerves. Flowers be crazy awesome. A few years ago, my mom brought me a bottle of Bach’s Rescue Remedy a month before I was moving back to Canada from Israel. I bought a second bottle of Rescue Remedy and used most of it in the water bottle I brought to my GMAT, which I guzzled at my locker on breaks. The gum is great for interview and test jitters as well.
Back to the lavender lemonade! We’re still in the process of moving; my lemons are at the other house. Hot lavender water for me today. Recipe below!
Stumbled across Thug Kitchen’s Lavender Lemonade Recipe and it was definitely a laugh. Theirs is a little different from mine, but I’m sure either will make you “calm the bleep down”. Great for potlucks and gatherings with high-strung people! Just jokes, it’s actually great all the time and for anyone.
The Calming Alliterative Drink (Lavender Lemonade)
You will need:
- 5 cups of water (Regina’s water is nasty. I would filter your water if you can, but not a deal breaker)
- 1/3 cup of lavender
- 2-3 lemons juiced, but really depends on how sour you like it
- 1/4 cup honey. Of course, adjust to taste; I like my double L on the sour side
- A pot, a strainer, a large spoon and large jar or jug
- Boil water and lavender together in your pot on the stove for a few minutes or until lavender buds sink to bottom. Your liquid should look kind of brownish-grey by the end of the process
- Strain lavender infusion into your jug or jar
- Mix in honey until dissolved
- Mix in lemon juice. Taste and adjust honey and/or lemon. Your lavender lemonade will be pink!
- Serve warm (freshly prepared) or pop your jug in the fridge for the chilled version. Tip: I make mine at night so that I can sip on it in its chilled form the next day. For extra fast chilling: pour into an empty 2L plastic pop bottle, cap, and leave in the freezer for a couple of hours.
If you absolutely need to chill out, don’t be afraid to put a few drops of Rescue Remedy in the lemonade.