When planning this year’s 4th of July festivities, I decided to serve lemonade as a refreshing beverage, but I wanted to make this summer staple special. I decided to use lavender simple syrup to add an herbal note, which proved to be a wonderful combination. This lemonade is excellent mixed with bourbon or vodka as a cocktail or as a non-alcoholic drink that everyone can enjoy.
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 8-10 lemons)
1 recipe Lavender Simple Syrup
1 cup vodka or bourbon
6 cups sparkling water such as S. Pellegrino
Pour the ingredients into a pitcher and stir to combine. If you prefer to make this a non-alcoholic beverage, substitute 1 additional cup sparkling water for the alcohol.