Lavender Lemonade Concentrate: A tangy and just-sweet-enough concentrate that's great for a glass of lemonade or adult beverage. You can can the concentrate, but I always drink it too fast for it to be a concern! From the cookbook Naturally Sweet Food in jars! | macheesmo.com
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Lavender Lemonade Concentrate + Giveaway!

There are some subjects in the food world that require the consultation of an expert and, if you’re lucky, there is a very clear expert to consult.

I’m not sure there is a more obvious example of this than the world of canning and preserving.

I always have dreams of canning and preserving each year, but in reality I only get around to it once or twice a year. Far from expert levels, for sure. Every time I’ve done it, I find myself pulling out one of Marisa McClellan‘s books to remind myself of good practices. Usually, in those same books, I find a recipe for what I want.

This perfect-for-summer lavender lemonade concentrate is in her new book, Naturally Sweet Food in Jars, and if you’re interested in canned and/or interested in learning more about using natural sweeteners, this book is a must-have.

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Check out this refreshing drink and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

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Makes about 2 cups.
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Lavender Lemonade Concentrate

A tangy and just-sweet-enough concentrate that’s great for lemonade or cocktails. From Naturally Sweet Food in jars!

Ingredients

3 pounds lemons, juiced
1 1/4 cups agave syrup
1 tablespoon food grade lavender
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Directions

1) Juice lemons and combine in a medium pot with agave and lavender buds. Bring to a simmer, stirring regularly to dissolve agave. Remove mixture from heat, cover, and let steep for 45-60 minutes.

2) Strain out lavender buds with a mesh strainer. Return concentrate mixture to heat and boil until mixture reduces by about a third, about 15-20 minutes.

3) Remove concentrate from heat and let cool. Store concentrate in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 7-10 days, or process for canning.

If you’re canning, funnel hot concentrate into prepared half-pint jars, wipe the rims, apply lids and rings, and process in boiling water for 10 minutes.

Lavender Lemonade Concentrate

This recipe only has a few ingredients. Don’t take shortcuts with them though. For starters, juice real lemons. Don’t even think about using concentrate!

Lavender Lemonade Concentrate

Lotsa lemons.

Then you need some lavender buds. You can find food-grade lavender in most natural food stores these days. You might have to ask around, but they are pretty available. You don’t need much to flavor something like this. They have a pretty strong flavor.

Lavender Lemonade Concentrate

Potent.

Combine the lemon juice, agave, and lavender in a pot and bring it to a slight simmer. Stir it regularly so the agave dissolves.

Lavender Lemonade Concentrate

A little sweet.

Once the mixture is steaming, cover it, remove it from the heat, and let the mixture steep. If you have some cheesecloth, you could wrap the lavender in that for easier removal.

Lavender Lemonade Concentrate

Gentle heat now.

Once the mixture steeps for 45-60 minutes, I just strained mine through a metal mesh strainer. Worked great!

Lavender Lemonade Concentrate

Strain it.

Now to reduce what’s left. Just bring the mixture to a boil and cook it for 15-20 minutes until it reduces by about a third. It should be the consistency of a very light syrup.

This was my finished concentrate!

Lavender Lemonade Concentrate

Reduce it!

To Can or Not to Can

Marisa, of course, gives you instructions on how to can this so you can use lemons in their prime and have it ready for later in the season. To be honest, I just stuck mine in the fridge and it was gone before the end of the week. I found myself adding a spoonful of it to ice water or using it to mix up a quick cocktail.

It’s all-purpose and very delicious.

Lavender Lemonade Concentrate

Done!

The nice thing about it is you can add as much as you like to your drink. If you like it more flavorful, you could add a few tablespoons to a glass of water. For me though, about a tablespoon per 8 oz. of ice water is a good mix.

Lavender Lemonade Concentrate: A tangy and just-sweet-enough concentrate that's great for a glass of lemonade or adult beverage. You can can the concentrate, but I always drink it too fast for it to be a concern! From the cookbook Naturally Sweet Food in jars! | macheesmo.com

Lavender Lemonade Concentrate: A tangy and just-sweet-enough concentrate that's great for a glass of lemonade or adult beverage. You can can the concentrate, but I always drink it too fast for it to be a concern! From the cookbook Naturally Sweet Food in jars! | macheesmo.com

So refreshing and so perfect for a hot summer day!

The Giveaway!

I’m giving away one copy of Naturally Sweet Food in Jars! Use the widget below to enter or just leave a comment to be entered! Have you ever made a drink concentrate like this?

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22 comments on “Lavender Lemonade Concentrate + Giveaway!

  1. I am so excited to make the lavender lemonade, what a great summer drink , and agave low cal too !!!!

  2. Does making chocolate syrup for chocolate milk count as making a concentrate? If so, yes. :-) This is very inspiring, I’d like to make more. My teen sons and I are challenging ourselves to make as much as possible from ingredients and buy as few premade foods and especially snacks as possible.

  3. Our herb garden is perpetually out of control so I’ve made rosemary a basil syrups before but never thought to ry with lavender!

  4. I have, in fact in summer I make a blackberry/lemon/turbinado sugar syrup that is great when mixed with sparkling water

  5. I have not tried a concentrate but would like to try it. And I would love to win this book – I am very intrigued to can without added sugar – thanks!!

  6. I have never made a concentrate but I did make a lemon, lavender, & rosemary simple syrup the other weekend for ‘lemonade’ (actually a tom collins-esque drink, whoops). I’m looking to make a bunch of drink mixes like this for the summer to stay hydrated.

  7. At the risk of sounding oblivious, it never crossed my mind to make a concentrate before. This looks really interesting!

  8. I’ve never made a drink from concentrate before, but I have made simple syrup. (Also, I was able to find food-grade lavender at World Market, if anyone has one nearby and is on the hunt for lavender.)

  9. I often make a lemon juice and ginger syrup – similar – and sweeten with honey. Great on a hot summer day in a glass of seltzer.

  10. Oh yes–usually from what’s fresh in my garden. I don’t usually concentrate lemons, since I can’t grow them here, but I’ll have to track some down to try this one.

  11. I make a concentrate from limes, sugar, and ginger to mix with sparkling water. I usually keep it in the freezer for a slightly slushy texture. I will have to give yours a try!

  12. I’ve made lemonade from a concentrate I mixed up and froze in ice cube trays. This recipe looks like a tasty one for me to try next. Love the food-in-jars cookbooks; such a neat concept. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

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