Cherry lavender lemonade

With temperatures soaring above 40, refreshing drinks take center stage in my kitchen.In heat waves like the one we are having I try to provide a variety of home made ,refreshing drinks for my kids and family instead of soda or store bought juices.  I have been experimenting lately with lavender . After trying it in a salad dressing and in a marinade for chicken, drinks and sweets were next on the list. So when I saw this lavender syrup recipe on Flavors of the sun I knew I had to try it but I didn’t have blueberries so I replaced them with cherries  and reduced the lavender because I wanted it to compliment the delicate cherry flavor not over power it. Next I used the syrup to make lemonade. It turned out AMAZING! The cherries added flavor, sweetness and a beautiful color. The lavender added a breath of freshness and took the lemonade to the next level.

The cherries left behind from infusing the syrup, I pulsed in the food processor and they became an out of this world cherry lavender sauce that is amazing on pancakes, icecream and waffles.In fact I would not mind eating that stuff by the spoonful!

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Cherry lavender simple syrup

2 cup water
2 cup sugar
2 cup cherries
4 lavender sprigs (or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried lavender buds)
In a pot add the water, sugar, and cherries.
Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.
When it starts to boil reduce heat to a low simmer and add the lavender.
Simmer gently for 10 minutes.
Strain pressing the cherries to get all of their juices. Do not discard the cherries
Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator

Cherry lavender lemonade

1 cup cherry lavender syrup
juice of 4-5 lemons (the amount of lemon juice is up to your taste, you can start with 3 and taste and decide if you want to add more)
3 cups water
Place all the ingredients in a jug and stir till combined

Notes:

You can use this syrup to make lemonades, limeade , refreshing soda drinks

The type of berries is up to you, use what you have on hand and enjoy the different colors and flavors

I strongly recommend you reserve the cherries used to infuse the syrup, pulse them with a little syrup and you will have a wonderful cherry lavender sauce

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