Lavender Lemonade – Lemonade Recipe

A bowl of lemons on a table, with Lemonade

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Lavender Lemonade is a delicious way to use lavender, which is in full, glorious bloom all over our property right now. The gorgeous shades of purple are a beautiful sight, and the fragrance is heavenly. But, did you know, that lovely lavender is also useful in the kitchen sometimes, as well? Lavender is a herb, and like any herb, you can use it to flavour dishes. It has a sweet-sour flavour similar to caraway seeds.

Two glasses of lemonade on a table

Culinary Lavender vs Ornamental Lavender

There is no difference between culinary lavender and regular lavender. It’s all edible. The concern is how it’s been processed or grown. So you don’t want to eat what’s in those little sachets in your underwear drawer, or the potpourri jar. Because who knows where that came from? It’s probably best not to use plants that are grown strictly for landscaping. Since they are grown just for ornamental purposes, they may have been treated with chemicals.

We grow all of the plants on our property organically and never spray them, so we can safely consume our lavender. But, If you don’t have lavender in your garden, look for dried lavender labelled for culinary use, or buy an organically grown plant. Or find a friend who has a plant, and ask for a couple of sprigs. Then share a glass of lemonade with them. That’s a pretty nice payoff, right?

A bowl of lemons on a plate, with Lemonade

About Lavender

Lavender has a long history of usefulness in many ways. It has been used over the ages for medicinal, therapeutic, decorative, cosmetic and culinary purposes. Its origins are Mediterranean, but the plant is very hardy and grows well anywhere where there’s a lot of summer heat, and dry temperatures. It’s perennial (meaning, it will keep popping back up every spring) where the winters aren’t fiercely cold. This gorgeous purple shrub is also drought tolerant and it thrives in poor soils. For more info on the wonders of lavender, check out Lavender on

Two glasses filled with ice and lemonade

Lavender + Lemon = Lavender Lemonade

Since lavender, in a culinary way, works especially well with lemon, of course, it’s perfect for lemonade. Lemonade is the ultimate summer refreshment. And when you add lavender, that lemonade turns extra special. A little goes a long way with lavender, and because of its sweetness, I find I can use less sugar in my lemonade. So if sugary drinks are not your thing, you will love this recipe as is. But if you like it a little sweeter, just increase the sugar in your simple syrup.


A bowl of lemons on a table, with Lavender sprigs

Squeezing lemons can be labour intensive for making lemonade. But I have a citrus juicer, which not only takes all the work out of it but actually uses every drop of lemon juice. I love it. I use way fewer lemons for the same amount of juice. It also works for any citrus. Fresh squeezed orange juice, anyone? This one was a Christmas gift one year, but if you want to get one, it’s an awesome ( and pretty inexpensive) addition to your kitchen gadgets.

Two glasses of lemonade


Now: To Make Your House Smell Amazing

This lemonade starts with a lavender-infused simple syrup. This is going to fill your whole house (or at least your kitchen) with beautiful lavender fragrance. That’s a bonus with this recipe. The rest is your everyday lemonade, just fresh lemon juice and water. Of course, you could add some vodka for an adult beverage. (When life gives you lemons….add vodka). And if you want to try more lavender in your kitchen, check out Lavender Yogurt Cake or Lavender Scones.

Two glasses of lemonade with lavender sprigs and ice

A glasses on a table, with Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade – Lemonade Recipe

Lavender adds a lovely flavour note to homemade lemonade in this delicious, pretty, and refreshing drink.
4.24 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Steeping Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Beverages
Servings 8 servings
Calories 110 kcal



  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 6 sprigs lavender
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice 6-10 lemons, depending on size
  • 6 cups cold water
  • Ice cubes


  • Make the simple syrup: In a pot, combine sugar, water and lavender, stir and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool completely, steeping about 30 minutes after cooling.
  • Strain and discard lavender.
  • In a pitcher, combine the simple syrup, lemon juice, water, and ice.
  • Serve with lavender sprigs for garnish


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Serving: 1drinkCalories: 110kcalCarbohydrates: 29gPotassium: 62mgSugar: 26gVitamin C: 23.6mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword lavender, lemons, summer
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34 thoughts on “Lavender Lemonade – Lemonade Recipe

  1. Tastes great but the simple syrup (probably from the lavender) made my lemonade pinkish brown color. I don’t mind it too much but wondering if there is a way to avoid this for appearance purposes 😝 still delicious !!

    1. Hi Krystal, I’m so glad the lemonade was delicious, but I’m sorry about the colour. I’m not sure why that happened. I’ve made it many times and it always looks like the photos in the post. I always use fresh lavender blooms, and I’m wondering if maybe yours was dried?

  2. So so good! Super easy and delicious! I’m only 16 and I made this for my mom who loves lavender, and she loved it!

    1. Hi Kylee! So happy to hear from you! You are so sweet to make this for your Mama. I’m thrilled that she loved it! Thanks for coming back to let me know. Cheers!

  3. Love this lemonade! I made it with Swurve granulated sugar to make it sugar free and keto friendly .

  4. I am already quenching for this amazing Drink. Love the flavor of lemon which is so perfect for the Summers. I need to make some.

  5. OH MAN! I’ve always wanted to make my own lavender lemonade and this looks just perfect. And I can only imagine how incredible it smells when you’re making the syrup. Cheers to refreshing summer sips!

  6. This sounds so floral and refreshing! I’m always afraid to use lavender. I have some dried in my pantry, but I have yet to use it. I think this recipe is about to encourage me πŸ™‚

  7. I don’t think there is anything more satisfying than a cold glass of homemade lemonade on a hot and sunny weekend. I love your spin by adding lavender to add a high end and delicious twist to this summertime classic. Gorgeous photos too, Colleen!

  8. This sounds like such a lovely recipe! Lavender and lemon are always a great combo, so I can only imagine how refreshing this would be on a hot summer day. I love homemade lemonade. It is not only healthier, but it reminds me of a simpler time, and to relax a bit and take our time.

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