So, I have a problem with Penzey’s Spices. I walk in and I just get sucked into it’s vortex of amazing-ness, which is how a big old bottle dried lavender came home with me (last summer). I have been trying to come up with a way to use it and when I saw this ‘recipe’ I knew it might just be ticket. This was an incredibly tart and such a refreshing glass of lemonade. I just wish I could get more without juicing so many lemons!
1 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
2 heaping tsp dried lavender
1 vanilla bean, cut in half and sliced open
1 1/5 cups fresh lemon juice, about 8 lemons
Bring the water, sugar, lavender and vanilla bean to a boil in a small sauce pot. Remove from heat and cover. Let steep for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, juice those lemons! I used a strainer for the seeds, that really helped! Strain the flavored simple syrup and mix with lemon juice. Allow to cool and serve of copious amounts of ice.
Any other creative suggestions to use up the remaining lavender are welcomed! Otherwise, it might waste away for another year!