Dolce & Gabbana summer lemon print

Dolce & Gabbana summer print

We are in full swing of summer and I am devoting a full week toward some fun summertime posts. Let’s get started, shall we….

The Summer 2016 collection from Dolce & Gabbana includes the Italian is Love campaign where citrus takes over part of the collection featuring clothing, shoes and accessories in the bold lemon pattern (shown left). I immediately became excited for the summer season after seeing the release of this vibrant collection a few months back at the Dolce and Gabbana boutique. The fact that I was looking forward to Summer is still shocking and worth mentioning because it is actually my very least favorite time of the year. I think seeing the beautiful limoni print must have brought on the anticipation and promise of summer fun.

summer lavendar lemonade reviving charm

A fresh squeezed glass of lemonade is the classic All-American summertime beverage and I love the idea of hosting a gathering in the garden with a pitcher of lemonade. If you plan on hosting a garden party, or any other summertime event for that matter, why not serve up a few glasses of refreshing lemonade, or better yet, a glass of lavender lemonade.

lemon lemonade recipe lavender lemonade recipe via REVIVING CHARM

The Meyer Lemon tree we bought last summer is starting to fruit. Lemons have budded (shown left) and I check on them frequently to see how they are progressing. It’s a simple pleasure but something I take great pride in. I feel like such a proud mama! When our lemons are ready I will definitely be giving the following lavender lemonade recipe from Victoria Magazine a try. It’s always so rewarding to use something from your own garden and this simple recipe is something I think I can manage.

Lavender Lemonade

1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice, chilled
1 1/2 cups Lavender Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
1 1/2 cups water or sparkling water, chilled
Optional: Add a sprig of lavender as garnish
In a medium pitcher, combine lemon juice, Lavender Simple Syrup, and water. Stir to combine. Serve over ice and enjoy.

Lavender Simple Syrup
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons lemon zest
3 tablespoons dried culinary lavender
In a medium saucepan, combine water, sugar, and lemon zest over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly; reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved, 3 to 4 minutes.
  1. When sugar is melted, remove from heat, and add 3 tablespoons dried culinary lavender. Let stand for at least 10 minutes (The flavor will intensify the longer the lavender steep.) Let cool completely.
  2. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into an airtight container, and refrigerate. Store, refrigerated, in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.


  1. Karen B. says:

    I have never made lavender lemonade but I saved a recipe a couple of years ago and may finally give it a try—thanks for the inspiration. {I knew we had a lot in common, Summer is my least favorite season too!} 🙂 I’ve adjusted my attitude from ‘tolerating it’ to making the most that I can of the season…it’s helped but I’m still counting the days until autumn.

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