French Lemonade with Lavender {French Lemonade with Lavender {Citron Pressé avec le Lavande}

My personal spin on a thirst quenching French cafe sipper: Citron Presse. Unlike American lemonade which can be almost sickly sweet with sugar, French Lemonade is a wonderful blend between clean lemon flavors, lightly sweetened with a lemon-lavender simple syrup. Ingredients can be tailored for one's personal taste.The Lemon-Lavender Simple Syrup need not be limited to this lemonade. It would be wonderful in light cocktails as well.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 1 1/2 cups Lemon-Lavender Simple Syrup and 1 serving lemonade (ingredients can be multiplied for more servings)
Author Toni Dash


Ingredients Lemon-Lavender Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Ultra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • Zest from 1 large Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon culinary Lavender

Ingredients for 1 serving French Lemonade with Lavender:

  • Juice of one small Lemon , about 1 ounce
  • 3 tablespoons Lemon-Lavender Simple Syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • Still or Sparkling Water to fill


Instructions for Lemon-Lavender Simple Syrup:

  1. Combine all ingredients for the syrup into a medium saucepan and bring just to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat.
  2. Allow to sit/steep for one hour. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh seive and discard the lavender and lemon zest. Store sealed in the refrigerator for use.

Instructions for 1 serving French Lemonade with Lavender:

  1. In a highball glass, combine 2 tablespoons Lemon-Lavender Simple Syrup and 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice; stir. Fill the glass with ice. Fill with sparkling (my preference) or still water. Garnish with lemon if desired.