Lavender and Mint Lemonade

Author: Kaylee Dunbar   Date Posted:22 December 2015 

Since the weather is heating up, we have a cool, taste bud tantalising, healthy summer drink that you can prepare at home for all of your guests to enjoy this summer.

Refreshing Lavender and Mint Lemonade:

Ingredients

  • 8 fresh lemons
  • 6 cups of filtered water (or 3 cups filtered water and 3 cups sparkling mineral water if you want some bubbles!).
  • 1/2 cup of raw honey (you can add more if you find it too sour).
  • 1/4 cup of organic, dried, culinary lavender.
  • 1/4 cup of mint leaves, rinsed.
  • 16 large ice cubes.

Method

  1. In a medium sized saucepan, bring half the amount of water (750ml) or the 3 cups of filtered water to the boil and remove it from the heat.
  2. Add the raw honey, culinary lavender and mint leaves to the saucepan and allow it to steep for approximately 20 minutes.
  3. Strain this mixture and allow it to cool completely before pouring it into a large pitcher.
  4. Add remaining amount of filtered water (750ml) or the 3 cups of sparkling mineral water into the pitcher.
  5. Halve 6 of the lemons and juice in a small mixing bowl, strain this mixture into the pitcher.
  6. Give the mixture inside the pitcher a good stir to combine all of the ingredients together before placing it into the refrigerator to chill.
  7. Slice the remaining 2 lemons to be used as a garnish (make sure to remove all of the seeds)
  8. Add the ice cubes and additional lemon slices to the pitcher when you are ready to serve and enjoy!!

Serves 4 people. Fun Facts about Lavender & Mint

  • Lavender comes from the same plant family as mint called Lamiaceae.
  • Lavender plants produce nectar that can be utilised to make high quality honey.
  • Traditionally lavender and mint were used as perfume to scent clothes and bed linen during Elizabethan times when bathing was not a common practice.
  • The Romans used to believe that eating mint would increase your intelligence!
  • Previously royal ambassadors used to carry mint sprigs in their pockets because they believed that the scent of mint prevented one from losing their temper!
Written by Kaylee Dunbar

Kaylee has a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy and an Advanced Diploma as a Pharmacy Technician. Her passion for natural medicine first began when she worked as a pharmacy technician and saw how many people were looking for more ways to support their health. This sparked her interest in learning how to support health using complementary medicine alongside orthodox medicine. Her main objective is to inspire and educate others about the benefits of natural medicine and how to apply it to everyday life.

Although Kaylee is passionate about natural medicine she does not mind a glass of red wine every now and again!