Lavender Lemonade

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Well, it’s not quite summer, but a girl can dream, right? For those of you reading from cold places, I’m sorry. You should try moving to Atlanta. Winter here is lovely!

However, regardless of whether you are reading from cold weather or hot weather, and regardless of whether what you really need is hot cocoa or lemonade, this drink is delicious, and incredibly refreshing, and you should try it!

Maybe, just maybe, if we start sipping on homemade lemonade, the sun will want to linger a little longer. Fingers crossed!

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Lavender Week

Day One- Lavender Hot Chocolate with Homemade Whipped Cream

Day Two- Roasted Yukon Potatoes with Lavender

Day Three- Lemon Lavender Loaf

Day Four- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Hazelnuts and Lavender

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar (or less, depending on how tart you like your lemonade!)
  • Juice from 8- 10 lemons
  • 6- 7 cups water
  • 3-4 lavender buds
  • 1 Lemon- sliced
  • Red/blue food coloring (if desired for purple coloring)

Directions:

  1. Bring 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar to boil in a small saucepan. Stir until the sugar dissolves, and then add 3-4 organic lavender buds. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, juice the lemons.
  2. Strain the lavender from the simple sugar. Combine the lemon juice, simple sugar, and 4-5 cups of cold water into a pitcher. Stir.
  3. Garnish with fresh slices of lemon and a drop of blue and red food coloring if desired.

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Adapted from: Centsational Girl
  • Like this recipe? Try these other refreshing beverages from A Rented Kitchen! (Links found below):

Ginger Peach Sweet Tea

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I don’t know what it was that made me get so into making beverages- the mason jar movement, turning 21, a deep hatred for aspartame?

Whatever it was, in the last few years I have absolutely loved concocting my own yummy, fizzy, fruity drinks- of which this recipe is a perfect example.

In my opinion, summer seems to be the perfect time to whip up a new and fresh beverage of choice, because who doesn’t love the idea of sitting on the porch with a nice glass of ice tea? Or, more realistically in our busy world, who doesn’t love the idea of walking in the door after running errands in the heat and having something chilled and refreshing to sip on? You do, you know you do.

Thus, I bring you my new favorite drink- Ginger Peach Sweet Tea. This pitcher contains so many of my favorite flavors, I could literally drink all of it in one sitting if I did not pay attention! It’s that good.

Invite a friend over, get a glass, kick off your shoes, and enjoy the taste of something homemade for a minute. You’ll be glad you did.

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Ingredients

  • 3 family-size tea bags
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed (I accidentally made the lemonade, then added the tea/mint/sugar to it)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle club soda, chilled
  • Optional: fresh peach wedges for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, boil four cups of water. Once boiling, add the tea bags and mint leaves, and continue boiling for one minute.
  2. Remove the pot from heat, and stir in ½ cup sugar and ½ cup additional water, stirring until the sugar is melted.
  3. Once the sugar is melted, return the lid to the pot, and allow the tea and mint leaves to steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the lemonade using the lemonade concentrate, as instructed.
  5. Once the tea is done steeping, discard the mint leaves and tea bags, and add the tea to the lemonade pitcher.
  6. Chill until ready to serve, and then stir in the ginger ale, club soda, and peach wedges. Enjoy!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Adapted from: Southern Living
  • Like this recipe? Try these other delicious beverage options from ‘A Rented Kitchen’! (Recipe links found below):

One Week of Summer Treats to Beat the Heat: Mint Lemonade

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Hello dear readers! Can you believe it’s already almost July?! Summer definitely seems to be in full swing, bringing on the heat and the long days. My landlord finally fixed our air conditioner, so now my tiny rented kitchen is much more bearable when using the oven. (Thank goodness!) Regardless of the beautiful AC that I am soo grateful for, it’s pretty hard to ignore the severe heat indexes sweeping the country. Thus, in honor of this hot hot summer I am going to post a recipe for a summer treat to beat the heat everyday this week- starting today! Get excited, check back frequently, and make sure you don’t melt in between today and tomorrow. I have another recipe comin’ your way!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • Juice from 8- 10 lemons
  • 6- 7 cups water
  • 10+ mint leaves
  • 20 blueberries (give or take)

Directions:

  1. Bring 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar to boil in a small saucepan. Stir until sugar is dissolved then remove from heat and cool. (This is known as Simple Syrup)
  2. While cooling, juice the lemons.
  3. Pour the lemon juice, simple sugar, and 4- 5 cups of cold water into a pitcher. Stir. Add blueberries and mint leaves as desired. Cool and serve over ice.

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Notes:

  • Source: A Rented Kitchen