Soothing Lavender Lemonade

Adding lavender to your lemonade is not only tasty, but also a great way to enhance the fantastic medicinal qualities of lavender. Lavender is a wonderfully aromatic herb that soothes the senses.  

You’ll Need

12 cups pure water 

1 cup raw organic honey

5 – 20 drops lavender pure organic essential oil ( I use doTerra )

8 – 10 lemons, peeled and juiced

Lavender sprigs, for garnish

Here’s How:

Combine all ingredients and place in the refrigerator to chill. 

Adjust tartness or sweetness by adding or extracting honey or lemon.

Liquid summer treats

Summer is full of sweet treats.
With the heat kicking in, fruit can be a refreshing treat especially when the main ingredient to a refreshing drink.
We’re featuring three delicious, easy-to-make recipes today for fruit drinks. The first, Orange Dream, is from Douglas Monsalud, owner of Kitchenette in San Francisco. Make sure to use freshly squeezed juice! You can also play around with the type of honey to change-up the flavor.
When it’s really hot, a snow cone hits the spot. Try this natural raspberry snow cone. And last, a little strawberry lemonade, a perfect thirst quenching indulgence.

Orange Dream
Ingredients
1 lb. apricots, cut into wedges
2 Tbsp. organic sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
2 Tbsp. honey
2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice, plus more to taste
3 cups filtered water, + more to taste
1 cup sparkling water

Directions
1. In a large bowl, toss apricots in sugar and salt and let sit and soften for 30 minutes. Puree in a blender and pass through a fine-mesh strainer. In a small bowl, mix lime juice and honey and stir until honey is dissolved.
2. In a large pitcher, add apricot puree, honey-lime juice and the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Serve in 8 ice-filled glasses.

Raspberry snow cone
Ingredients
3 cups fresh raspberries (three 6-ounce packages)
1 1/2 cups of sugar
6 cups crushed ice

Directions
1. Combine 2 cups of raspberries, the sugar and 1 1/2 cups of water in a saucepan. Simmer until the syrup has thickened and raspberries have broken down, about 15 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Add 1 cup reserved raspberries to the syrup while still warm. Allow to cool completely.
2. In a food processor pulse the ice until fine, then spoon into a tall glass. Ladle enough syrup to cover, making sure to add some of the raspberries. Serve with a spoon and straw.

Strawberry Lemonade
Ingredients
2 cups freshly squeezed organic lemon juice including pulp
1 3/4 cups simple syrup
1/2 cup strawberry puree (about 1/3 pound organic strawberries pureed in a blender)
About 2 cups sparkling water

Directions
1. In a large pitcher, whisk to combine lemon juice, simple syrup and strawberry puree. Keep cool. When ready to serve, fill 6 tall glasses halfway with ice, fill 3/4 with juice base and top with sparkling water. Stir and enjoy.