My health food market has been carrying more dried florals and I've decided to take advantage. I love the smell of lavender. I could get lost in it. I made scones, I've been making hot tea, now I'm venturing into lavender lemon limeade. This is the perfect drink for summer. Not only has lavender always smelled like summer to me, the lemon and lime give the perfect citrus Jaw tingle to make me forget the heat.
You know what the heat in southwest Missouri is like in August, right? An old college roommate of mine from Calgary came to visit several years ago for the frist time. She asked me if she should bring any long sleeves since by the end of August it's beginning to cool down in the evenings up north. I tried not to laugh in her face as I told her that naked is good for late August in Missouri. When she deplaned the first thing she said to me was "Wow. I can feel the air moving into my lungs. Is that the humidity? It's like being at the indoor pool only without the smell of chlorine."
That sums it up. With this citrus cooler you can at least drink your liquid at a cool temp rather than breathing it in at 100+ degrees during this last hellish month.
Weekend Herb Blogging: Lavender & Lemon Verbena Limeade
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Lavender and Lemon Verbena Limeade
1 tsp dried Lavender blossoms
1 tsp dried Lemon verbena
1 cup fresh water
2 whole Lime
4 tsp Sugar (or 3 tsp Splenda)
1. Bring water to boil. Take off heat and add lavender and lemon verbena. Steep until cool.
2. Add juice and zest of 2 fresh limes and the sugar. Stir until all dissolved.
3. Strain infusion into two medium glasses filled with ice. Garnish with lime slice
Note: Of course you can add more sugar or even club soda. I prefer tart to sweet so I keep mine on the pucker side and I was in the mood for flat texture rather than carbonation.