Summer is here and the need for a good cold drink is acute. This cucumber ginger lavender lemonade is easy to make, refreshing and fits the purpose.
It is only the end of June, but the temperatures are high for this time of year. It is almost 100F and being outside is fun only if you do it very early in the morning or at night. Thank God for the air conditioning during the day!
This lemonade is a mandatory drink we need to have in the fridge during this heat wave.
The cucumber is cooling, the ginger is good for your gut, lavender is perfumed and summery and the honey brings sweetness and brightness to this beautiful lemonade.
The sweet and sour taste hits the spot every time I make this awesome drink.
What you need for this Cucumber Ginger Lavender Lemonade:
- Fresh water
- Lemons– we will use the juice and also slices of lemon
- Cucumbers– any type you have available- I do not like the waxy, thick cucumbers with lots of seeds, though, but I do like the English cucumbers and the garden small, young cucumbers that you do not need to peel
- Fresh ginger– it is wildly available in the grocery stores and you need just a small root for the recipe
- Lavender– I used dried lavender, the culinary one and used a little bit of it, as we are not making soap, we just flavor the lemonade. If you find fresh lavender or you grow it in your garden, use that, you need just a few fresh flowers
- Honey– the combination of lemon and honey is a divine one but if you don’t have some good honey, use sugar or agave, or whatever you want to sweeten it. I am not going to give you a measure for the honey, because this is a matter of preference and taste. Put enough honey to make the lemonade pleasant.
- Ice cubes
- Optional: mint – not mandatory, but adds a nice touch to the complex taste of the lemonade
How to make the lemonade:
Wash all the ingredients really well. I usually scrub the lemons, as I want to make sure there is no wax on them.
Otherwise, I just buy organic ones, so I can feel comfortable using the lemon peel in my dishes.
Scrub the cucumbers and the ginger. Gather all the ingredients together.
Slice the cucumbers very thin, without peeling them. Do the same thing with the ginger. Slice half lemon, also thin.
In a large pitcher, place the slices of ginger, cucumber, lemon and add the dried lavender. Squeeze the rest of the lemons and pour the juice over the other ingredients.
Add water and ice and mix well. The last step is to add honey as much as you like to make it pleasantly sweet. If you are trying to stay away from sugar in general, you can skip the honey entirely or add something other sweeteners.
Optional, add a few mint leaves. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and allow the ingredients to flavor the water and get friendly with each other for about 15-20 minutes before you serve it.
The best part of this recipe is the variations you can play around with:
- planning a party and want to transform this lemonade into a cocktail? Add some gin, vodka or even tequila to it
- You can dip the rim of the glasses in lemon juice, then salt and add tequila to your lemonade! Absolutely divine!
- add sparkly water or mineral water instead of regular, and make this lemonade fizzy
- skip the ginger and add pieces of melon, water melon or both. You can also add berries, like raspberries or blueberries to it.
This is a perfect lemonade that you will find yourself making over and over again for parties and picnics.
Interested in other summer recipes? Try these recipes:
- 4 cups fresh cold water
- 2 large lemons
- 1 medium cucumber
- 3 inches long piece of fresh ginger root
- 1 teaspoon edible dried lavender
- 1/4 cup honey or to taste
- Optional: few fresh mint leaves
- ice cubes for serving
- Gather all the ingredients together.
- Scrub the cucumber and the ginger.
- Slice the cucumber very thin, without peeling it. Do the same thing with the ginger. Do not peel the ginger.
- Slice half lemon, also thin.
- In a large pitcher, place the slices of ginger, cucumber, lemon and add the dried lavender.
- Squeeze the rest of the lemons and pour the juice over the other ingredients.
- Add water and ice and mix well.
- Add honey and mix well.
- If you are trying to stay away from sugar in general, you can skip the honey entirely.
- Optional, add few mint leaves. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and allow the ingredients to get friendly with each other for about 15-20 minutes before you serve it.
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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 88Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 1g