Add a soft touch to an Arnold Palmer with lavender lemonade.
A few months ago I was grabbing lunch at Cava Grill and made myself an Arnold Palmer with their lavender lemonade and their iced black tea. It was refreshing, bright, and not too sweet – a perfect summer drink.
Lavender can be a tricky ingredient. It’s used freely in soaps and other bath products, but needs to be a bit restrained in a drink or food item. The lavender is just hinted at here, not overpowering but just fragrant enough. The cold brewed tea has no hint of bitterness (also, you don’t need to turn on the stove!), and the lemon adds a nice brightness.
Macerating the lemon rinds in lavender sugar extracts a lot of lemon flavor as well. Instead of diluting the lemon with water, it’s mixed directly with the black tea so it’s not watered down at all.
Pour this into a glass full of ice and garnish it with a sprig of lavender flowers. Everyone stay cool out there.Print
Hello there! My name is Sonja and I love food. I’m food obsessed, actually. I moved back to the US last year after living in Seoul, Korea for five years. I hope to share what I’ve learned about good eating from my time in Korea and traveling Asia. I focus on recipes that are influenced by my Korean heritage and experience as an expat in Seoul which inspired cooking recipes from home, as well as the ever changing food scene in DC and Virginia.