Most of us have heard of lemon and lavender. But have you ever thought about putting those ingredients into a drink? If you haven’t, then you are entirely missing out on the best drink you will ever have: Lavender Lemonade Mocktail. But first, let us go over some reasons why you should include these two ingredients in your daily routine.
The Benefits of drinking lavender
When I say the word lavender, I’m assuming the first thing that comes to your head is fragrance; well, in fact, lavender is much more than that. Lavender is a by-product of a flower; from that flower, you extract oil, which can also be used for consumption. When we have lavender, our body is filled with tons of benefits such as:
- Antispasmodic properties
There are also many other benefits of drinking lavender, which is the calming effect. Many people have a gas of wine or a beer after work to achieve a calm, relaxed state, but in reality, alcohol only does harm to our bodies. Most alcoholic drinks are filled with loads of sugar. When you digest alcohol, it goes directly to your small intestines and can stay there for between 2 and 3 days. Read more about the harms that alcohol does to your body in this article (How to Start a Healthy Lifestyle: Sugar & Alcohol) But the calming effect that lavender gives to your body is 100% better because you have a calming effect with added benefits.
Lemon health benefits
Bitter, sour, tangy is what most people taste when they decide to indulge in a lemon. Did you know lemon is a super powerful fruit that can lower your blood pressure and stress levels? It is also filled with Vitamin C, and it’s excellent for gut health. If I continue listing all the benefits of lemons, I will have a complete laundry list. Just take it from me; you must add lemons to your daily routine.
Combining lavender and lemon
Now that we know the benefits of both lemon and lavender, why wouldn’t we combine those two powerful ingredients together in a wonderful mocktail? The taste of these two mixed together is also pretty great. The lavender balances out the bitter taste you get from a lemon. And then, once you turn those lemons into lemonade, it will make the drink even better.
Sit back, relax and take a sip of a powerful, great-tasting lavender lemonade mocktail. I am sure that you will love it and you will recommend this drink to your friends and family.
For the Lavender
- 2 cups water filtered
- 1/2 cup edible lavender flowers
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
For the Lavender Lemonade
- 1 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 8 cups sparkling water
- 1 tbsp lavender syrup
- Bring water to a boil in a small pot. Once boiling, add lavender and to a simmer for 5 minutes, then strain lavender flowers out and discard.
- Return lavender infused water to pot and add the maple syrup. Turn heat to medium and simmer for around 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool before using.
- Add lemon juice, sparkling water, and 1 tbsp of lavender syrup to a large punch bowl. Stir well. Add ice and fresh edible flowers to garnish.
Sanza is the founder and CEO of Sanza’s Chic Kitchen. Her personal story fuelled her passion for nourishing, body-loving food, respectful with the planet. Although she studied architecture, with time, she became a creative, tireless recipe developer, which now feels like second nature. Follow her on Instagram @sanzas_kitchen