Lavender Lemonade – Vegan Soul Kitchen


Vegan  Blueberry Lavender Scones  set two   054A

It's Raining Lavender! Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade with a Lavender Infusion

When I saw this recipe on page 29, I felt absolutely compelled to get out of my house and go find the ingredients.  Something about combining aromatic, culinary lavender with lemons and a simple syrup was just speaking to my soul, and I did not. know.why.  Now that I’ve had my Lavender Lemonade, and it’s the morning after, I think I’ve figured it out:  The real impetus for this   VSK journey comes from the anxiety I feels whenever I’ve chosen to move forward in life, (veganism,) but I still long for, or am afraid of losing the connections to my past (soul food and southern traditions.)  Putting herbs in lemonade was a concept that was at once  new to me, yet somehow deeply and strangely familiar.   I was  having a strange, emotional forwards/backwards, deja vu sensation, and now I know why:   Don’t laugh…but do you remember a candy called C. Howards “Violets“?  It was an aromatic, chalky,  purple-wrapped, hard candy your grandmother might have kept in her purse.   That was the memory this combo was evoking.

Dharma & Zoë are my two adorable tots.  They both enjoyed this delicious lemonade.

Dharma & Zoë are my two adorable tots. They both enjoyed this delicious lemonade.

Violets” has a strong aroma and it can be described as tasting “floral.” If a “lady” has this candy in her purse,  (and “Violet’s is very much a “ladies” candy,) every time the purse is opened, you will immediately be enveloped by this candy’s perfumy smell.  Ahhh…breathe. eyes. memory.

Now honestly, this lemonade tastes much better than “Violets.”  The flavors and the aroma are far more subtle.  (Although you can increase the lavender flavor to meet your liking.)  Still, I found using an herbal infussion of lavender in old-fashioned lemonade made me feel cool and hip.  But in the back of my mind, I couldn’t stop feeling as if I was back in time, sitting in a station wagon, and peering into Grandmother’s purse.

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6 responses to “Lavender Lemonade – Vegan Soul Kitchen

  1. Lovely post! My grandmother always had peppermints, but I know what you mean. 🙂

  2. I’ve never tried lavander in food or drink before, I’ve never really thought about using it in that way. However, that lemonade looks and sounds the bomb!

  3. Hi Teenagedvegan!

    I also had never cooked with lavender before. You do have to be careful about the amounts: Use too little and you won’t notice it’s presence. Use too much and you overpower the dish. However, with the lemonade, if you want more lavender flavor I found that you can make a lavender infusion by steeping 1 TBS of dried lavender in a mug . Pour 1/4 cup of boiled water over the lavender, cover, then steep for 5 minutes. You can then add the infusion, little by little, until you get the desired amount of lavender flavor you want in your lemonade, or anything else.

    Enjoy!

    Faith

  4. Faith – I love those glasses! Where did you find them?

  5. Hey Tami! I found those glasses at Pottery Barn! The writing is on chalkboard paint, and the glasses come with sticks of chalk. However, you can purchase chalkboard paint at a paint store or hardware store, and chalk up whatever you like. Also, please note that if a glass is icy and starts to sweat, the chalk kind of disappears. (Note the dif. between Z’s glass & D’s glass…then compare it to the soy milk with cookies glass, which doesn’t have any ice in it.)

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