Lavender Lemonade

makes 8 servings


8 cups water, divided
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar (or more to taste)
2 tablespoons dried lavender
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
optional: a drop or two of blue or purple food coloring
garnish: lemon slices and fresh lavender petals

  1. In a large saucepan, bring 2 cups of water and sugar to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. 
  2. Remove from heat and stir in dried lavender; steep for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain lavender from mixture and discard.
  4. Place lavender-infused water in large pitcher; add remaining water, lemon juice, optional food coloring and stir well.
  5. Serve over ice.