I recently spent a long, beautiful weekend at Carmel Valley Ranch, a dream of a resort that's home to thousands of lavender plants. My favorite part of each day was in the afternoon, when they brought out fresh lavender and honey lemonade. It was sweet, unexpected, and the perfect summer drink. The best part? The kind folks of the ranch shared the recipe with me.
I love sipping this delicious drink knowing that lemons are detoxifying and the scent of lavender promotes relaxation. While the sweetest way to relax is poolside at the ranch, recreating their signature beverage at home is the next best thing. Here's how I've been making it.
Lavender & Honey Lemonade
5 organic Meyer lemons
1 bunch fresh lavender
1-2 ounces raw, local honey
4 1/2 cups water
2. Pour 1/2 cup hot water into a safe container and add 2 lavender sprigs and honey; steep for 10 to 15 minutes, then strain and add to pitcher. Adjust honey and lavender to taste.
3. Pour over ice, garnish with remaining lavender, and serve.
Note: Meyer lemons are sweeter than regular lemons. If you use the regular kind, you might prefer more honey.