What could be better than sipping on freshly squeezed lemonade during a summer sunset? Sipping on lemonade made with blueberry and lavender and spiked with vodka, that’s what! Sweet blueberries, which are in season in late summer, mix beautifully with tart lemons and lightly floral lavender. Unlike most lemonade recipes, this one doesn’t require tons of sugar. It’s simply the best.
I discovered two ways to make this drink. Which one you choose will depend on what kind of lavender is available to you (fresh or dried). It’s really easy to muddle up some lavender for one drink, or brew tea for a full pitcher of lemonade. Scroll down for the recipe!
Blueberry Lavender Hard Lemonade Recipe
Inspired by the blueberry lavender mojito in Market-Fresh Mixology and a lavender lemonade we made at the vegan restaurant I worked at this summer (I quit, by the way).
Ingredients for one cocktail:
- 15 blueberries
- 2 lemons, juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar (or more, to taste)
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka (I used Tito’s) or gin (Hendrick’s suggested)
- 3 sprigs of fresh lavender and 2/3 cup cold water OR 2/3 cup lavender tea made with dried lavender (see instructions)
If you are using fresh lavender (which is easier):
- In a mixing glass, thoroughly muddle the sprigs of lavender with the blueberries. Squeeze in the juice of two lemons, add agave nectar and vodka.
- Add up to 2/3 cup cold water (more or less to taste). Use a fork to whisk the agave nectar into the rest of the liquid.
- Fill your glass with ice, and stir with a spoon.
If you are using dried lavender, you’ll need to make your lavender tea in advance so it has time to cool.
- To make the tea, add one to two teaspoons of dried lavender per cup of hot water. Let steep for about five minutes, and strain out the lavender. Let cool.
- In a mixing glass, muddle 15 blueberries. Squeeze in the juice of two lemons, add agave nectar and vodka. Use a fork to whisk the agave nectar into the rest of the liquid.
- Add up to 3/4 cup of tea to your drink. Taste it as you go and feel free to dilute it with water if you find it the lavender taste is too strong. Fill your glass with ice, and stir up your lemonade with a spoon.
Please taste your lemonade as you go and adjust accordingly. I prefer tart to sweet, so 1/2 teaspoon of agave was plenty for me, but feel free to add more. Enjoy!
Don’t miss other fresh drinks in my summer cocktail series: beautiful red bell, strawberry smash, rainier cherry mojito, watermelon cucumber cooler and cucumber caipiranha, peach mojito and raspberry daiquiri.