Have you heard of infused wine? It’s where you take fresh herbs, and maybe some citrus, and let it flavor your wine. I’m a big fan of fresh herbs (and wine, duh) so I decided I needed to try this out for myself. I’m not sure why this isn’t more of a thing. It seems like a super simple way to add your personal touch to a beverage. It is both hippie and Martha Stewart at the same time. And it is SO easy to do! The only hard part is letting the wine sit long enough to pick up the flavors…
Lavender lemonade! How refreshing does that sound?! It has been in my head since before school was out and I finally decided to make some. I’m not usually a big fan of lemonade. It can’t be made from a powder and it certainly can’t be too sweet. I did tons of research on how to make it before I started. And then had to research a little more when I finally came across food grade dried lavender. I mentioned I was making this to several people and they all looked at me funny. I guess a lavender lemonade recipe is not something that a lot of people are looking for. I get that there is a fear that whatever the lavender is in might end up tasting a little soapy since that is how we know lavender. I love me some lavender soap and lotion. But I adore the herbal quality to it and thought it would bring a really cool “flava” to lemonade. And I just tried to turn lavender “street.”
Lavender lemonade is the perfect thing to bring to a summer picnic. I also brought it along on our duffy boat trip through Newport Harbor. I mean, you can’t JUST drink wine. That would be uncivilized. And if you actually drank it and didn’t forget that you brought it with you, it would probably prevent you from getting a severe hang over the next day. Not that I did…
So, I headed straight towards Mother’s Market (hippie town) looking for a lavender plant. In most of the lavender lemonade posts, people have these beautiful sprigs of lavender (see above photo. spoiler alert, I finally found some beautiful sprigs!) that I am guessing they fuss and fiddle with in order to make an infused simple syrup of some kind. Well, there were no beautiful plants to be found that day. Wait, I’m a liar. They had one plant that they brought out for me from the back that they “were trying to save” that they let me buy. But hold the phone, it didn’t look at all like the sprigs I had seen. Apparently there are different varieties of lavender plants. And we weren’t sure that it was food grade. Luckily they also sold the dried leaves in the spice section. You guys!
You’ll also need a crap load of lemons. And maybe some limes. I freaking love limes. Like, I love limes like I used to love the California raisins (not the fruit just the characters). I got one of those hand squeezer juicer things and it’s AWESOME! It makes juicing citrus super easy and you get the more out of the fruit than if you are doing it by hand. If you don’t have one, and you want to make lemonade, or margaritas, go get one (but not at Target. Apparently Target thinks these squeezer things are a luxury item and wants to charge you $12 for one. Uh, no. My grocery store had it for about $6. Come on Target, be cool.)
But these photos are a little misleading. Because if you are using the dried lavender, you really need to start this process the day before you want to make the lemonade. I know! What a pain! But worth it. Now, if you ARE making a simple syrup with the pretty sprigs, then you can do that the same day. I don’t like simple syrup. I think it makes everything too sweet. And I like really bold flavors so when you infuse the simple syrup, it is hard to get the flavor I like, without it turning too sweet. That and the fact that I still hadn’t found those dumb supermodel sprigs yet.
But I digress. So lavender “tea”. I took about 1 cup of water and 1 TBSP of dried lavender and put it in a mason jar. Then I shook it up a little and left it at room temperature overnight. In the morning, you’ve got lavender “tea”.
And THEN you are ready to make your lavender lemonade. So you need fresh squeezed citrus, lavender “tea,” raw honey and water. The sprigs above are purely decorative at this point. BTW I found the pretty sprigs at Trader Joe’s. But there was no telling if they were food grade or not. I’m wasn’t going to take any chances. I didn’t want my tombstone to say “She died, super relaxed, drinking lavender lemonade.” How much cooler if it said something like “She died valiantly while trying to defend the world from evil clowns.”
I was worried that the raw honey wouldn’t be a great choice for mixing in to liquids. But it worked great, actually. I just used a whisk and whisked for a short time and it blended right in. I also thought it might harden back into a solid when I put it in the fridge, but it didn’t. I’m a fan.
And there it is. A delicious lavender lemonade. Everyone drinks their lemonade differently so modify any of these recipes to suit your tastes! I think I may have put a little bit too much lime in mine. It was quite bitter. Which I didn’t hate, but it also wasn’t the taste I was going for.
Did you know I’m obsessed with lavender? If you are too, check out these other posts:
Take a look at these and then figure out the lavender lemonade recipe that is best for you!
And for my grand finale I present to you… a muddled tangerine basil infused water. I know, that name needs work. But I just could not bring myself to use tangerineade. In an effort to keep you deliciously hydrated this week I’ve shared several easy muddled fruit water recipes. In case you missed them you can check out my muddled ginger limeade and muddled raspberry lemonade. But I am kind of in love with this one. I love basil and the smell of these tangerines is truly intoxicating.
My kids keep me on my toes. One minute they love those little cutie tangerines and the next they are ignoring them as if they were chicken (my kids swear they are allergic to chicken). I am so glad I figured out a way to use them and not let them go to waste.
Welcome to water week. Huh, you say… I really don’t know what else to call it. So water week it is. But it isn’t just like, boring old water. These waters are fruit infused and super refreshing. I drink this kind of stuff all summer long so I thought I would share them with you. I was browsing through a super old cocktail book of my grandmother’s the other day and one of the recipes called for muddled lemon. And I thought to myself, now if that isn’t the easiest way ever to make lemonade, I don’t know what is. So this week I’ll be sharing 3 recipes for easy muddled fruit ades. Today I kick it off with a Muddled Ginger Limeade Recipe.
Ginger and lime are my go to flavors. All of my favorite cocktails have one or both of these included. You may remember I shared a similar recipe last year. But that one had fizzy water and was more about the flavors being really subtle. This muddled ginger limeade is about really tasting the flavors. But as always I love that these recipes can be made for your personal flavor preferences.
First things first. I’m not all the concerned about buying organic fruits. To be honest, I can’t afford it. And usually I’m not too concerned about the toxicity of my limes, since I’m just using the juice. But since the rind and all will be in the beverage, I wanted to make sure to do what I could to remove anything grody from the skin. I used my Honest Fruit and Veg wash (I LOVE this stuff!!) and then I was good to go. Totally not sponsored, I just really love it.
*This post is sponsored by Arrowhead® Brand Sparkling Mountain Spring Water.
Whelp, its hump day again. Arrowhead® Brand Sparkling Mountain Spring Water wants you to make a “Feel Good Moment” for yourself today and every Wednesday. Last week I talked about how much I love sparkling water. Today I thought I would share one of my favorite ways to drink it. This muddled ginger and strawberry drink recipe is SO tasty! My friend Danae mentioned she was drinking this one day on her instagram and I immediately had to try it. I LOVE fresh ginger but had never thought to add to a drink.
I very rarely use fresh ginger. But for some reason I always have some in my freezer. Ever since I made a syrup with it for homemade ginger ale for my son’s birthday party I have kept it on hand. The smell always gives me a quick pick me up. I’m very picky about the freshness of my fruit, but I hate to waste it. This is a great recipe for strawberries that are looking a little sad.
Then muddle your little heart out. I’m sure there are rules for not being too rough with your fruit but I just wanted to make sure that I was able to get the limes to release their oils and juice and make a dent in the ginger to release its flavor. The strawberries get pretty squashed.
Add ice to your glass and top with Arrowhead® Brand Sparkling Mountain Spring Water. Place a sprig of mint in the palm of your hand. Clap your hands together a time or two to get the mint to release its fragrance. Add the mint and a straw to your glass and enjoy.
This is super refreshing and delicious. The fresh ginger gives it a little kick and the fresh lime and strawberry just work so well with it. You will get pieces of fruit stuck in your straw. If you give it a little mix with the straw you can see from the shot above that the larger pieces can get stuck up on top of the ice and make it less likely to stop up your straw.
Thank you for sponsoring this conversation, Arrowhead® Brand Sparkling Mountain Spring Water. What are you going to do for yourself today? Need tips? Head to their Facebook page to see what others are doing to get through hump day. Share your moments there too!
*I asked to review this product because I really hoped it would work for me. Drinkwel graciously sent me some to try. All opinions are mine.
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I am not a lush. But I like a drink or two. Especially in summer when I’m on vacation without my kids. BUT! I get the worst hang overs. So when I came across Drinkwel online, I felt like I needed to try it. During the summer I usually take several mini trips. This year Drinkwel came along with me to my girl’s trips in Scottsdale and Palm Springs. And it will go with me and my husband to Mexico in a few weeks. And I’ve used it several times in town. The verdict? Consider me a huge fan.
So how do you use it? Well, it’s a supplement that helps how your body handles the toxins from alcohol. You take 3 capsules with lots of water before you drink and then another 3 with lots of water before you go to bed. I’m not going to get all technical and tell you how it works, you can check that out over on their website. All I know is that when I took it, I felt GREAT the next day. I want to disclose that I was not hammered on any occasion so I can’t say how it works if someone were to REALLY indulge.
This doesn’t make me feel like I should just go ahead and drink way more than I usually would. But it gives me a little reassurance that the next day I won’t be relegated to bed. Or the couch with kid’s asking me to do ridiculous things like make them breakfast.
Sharon + Drinkwel = BFF 4EVA
There are several ways to buy Drinkwel including the 90 capsule bottle and also travel packs that are super easy to take on a night out with you. Have you tried it? I would love to know what you think!
*All opinions are mine. As always. Forever and ever. Amen.