LAVENDER LEMONADE: SUMMER IN A GLASS

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.

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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.

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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

Ingredients:
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
Ingredients:
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons lemon zest
3 tablespoons dried culinary lavender
Directions:
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.

FLOWERS THAT ARE PRETTY ENOUGH TO EAT

Oh, how I love the beautiful flowers this time of the year. As our seaside ranch home slowly comes together after over 3 years, I find myself starting to thing about the outside spaces. No doubt that I will be posting about pretty flowers and garden inspiration in the future. However, at the moment I turn my attention specifically toward edible flowers. Perhaps you might want to use this Mother’s Day weekend as a perfect excuse to create a beautiful, albeit delicious dish. I am sure the mothers in your life will approve!

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DRINK

Frozen in time and straight from your freezer….floral infused ice cubes are a great way to add a touch of simple charm.

Floral ice cubes.

A bucket full of floral infused ice cubes create a beautiful statement.

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This recipe is for chamomile whiskey but these flowers would look equally as lovely garnished in a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade.


Important Disclaimer: This post was intended to provide inspiration only. I’ve provided pretty pictures but it is entirely up to you to figure out what is safe to consume and to do so at your own risk. Sorry, but that’s the reality of it….

  • Do not eat any flower or plant unless someone knowledgeable has informed you that it is safe to ingest and they have informed you about how to prepare it safely.
  • Keep allergies in mind..for your and your guests.
  • Avoid any flowers or plants that may have been sprayed with pesticides. 
  • Not all plants and flowers are edible. Some are poisonous either naturally or from the use of toxic chemical pesticides.
  • Flowers from florists, nurseries and traditional garden centers should not be eaten as pesticides may have been used.
  • I am not a expert nor or claim to be one. It is up to you to figure out what is safe to consume.
  • I have not tested any of the recipes linked to this article. By linking to them I am in no way saying they are safe. Refer to bullet point above.

 

Homage to Arnold Palmer: The Golfer & Namesake Beverage

In the sweltering heat here in Southern California I can’t help but think of ways to cool off. I recommend a classic Arnold Palmer for those who prefer a refreshing, non-alcoholic drink. Plus, there isn’t a better day to enjoy one than today which is the 86th birthday of legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, who invented the drink in the 1960’s.

Classic Arnold Palmer:  Combine approximately 70%  ice tea, 30% lemonade and add sugar to taste, if needed. If you have any sparkling water on hand try adding a touch or used flavored fruit tea to create a unique flavor.

Shaken and served over ice, this proves to be a classic summertime drink that can also feel like a lifesaver on hot days like this!  Don’t forget to serve them up in a cute little mason jar to add a bit of summertime charm.

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Better yet, why not step it up a notch and turn those Arnold Palmers into a delicious popsicle treat to beat the heat. Enjoy….and stay cool, my friends.