After spending the day at a tiny, secluded beach, we walked back home along the marsh surrounded by train tracks with our hands full (shh!) of delicate, pearlescent seashells. We set up a temporary studio with our mom’s collection of vibrant, metallic acrylic paints, and decorated our findings.
To accompany our favorite afternoon activity, we brewed a cold drink. Eager to experiment with a bag of dried lavender buds, we created a refreshing lavender lemonade. The beverage is an extravaganza of complements- tart, invigorating bright yellow lemons in a sea of calming, mild lavender. Upon first sip, we were instantly engulfed by a myriad of fresh aromas.
1 c granulated sugar
4 c water
3 T dried lavender buds
2 c lemon juice (about 7-8 large lemons)
Heat 2 cups of water with the 1 cup of granulated sugar over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the dried lavender buds. Let steep for 1 hour. Pour the syrup through a strainer into a glass pitcher, making sure all bits of lavender are left behind. Pour in the lemon juice, remaining 2 cups of water, and stir. Depending on the time of day and occasion, add vodka to taste. Pour into ice-filled cups. Makes 8-10 glasses.
|Courtesy of Tim Deary|