With summer right around the corner, I’ve been craving some cold lemonade. After scrolling through my Pinterest feed, I came across numerous lavender lemonade recipes that I was so excited to try. As I was going through different recipes online, I realized that most of them had artificial food coloring to make them purple, and I am not the biggest fan of them. So I decided that I would make my own recipe using natural organic ingredients.
I started by making my own lavender simple sugar recipe, and not just any recipe, but a naturally purple recipe; how did I manage to do that? Have you ever heard of Bufferfly Pea Flower tea?
This amazing flower not only has a beautiful natural blue color that turns purple when the PH level changes, but it is also full of health benefits. Anthocyanin is the bright blue pigment responsible for the changes in color. The anthocyanin in the tea acts as a base indicator, which means it will change color as the pH level changes. When adding Lemon to this bright blue tea, it turns into a beautiful purple color, which makes it perfect for our Lavender Lemonade.
Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
Steep 4-6 butterfly pea flowers in 12 oz of water for about 5 to 10 minutes or until water turns blue.
Strain the tea and discard flowers.
Lavender Simple Syrup
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
2 Tablespoons Lavender Petals
Measure ingredients into pot over low heat.
Stir occasionally until sugar fully dissolves.
Turn off heat and cover.
Steep for 5-10 minutes.
Strain out lavender.
Use immediately or store in airtight container.
Lavender Lemonade Recipe
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons of Butterfly Pea Flower Lavender simple syrup
1 cup of ice
1/2 cup of water
1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker.
2. Shake well and pour over ice.