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Lavender Hill Farms Lemonade with Lavender Ice Cubes

Here’s hutzpah for you: Born-, bred- and resident-New Yorker Rita Robbins co-purchased Boyne City’s Lavender Hill Farms, the state’s largest commercial lavender operation, after seeing it only once … in January. Fast-forward to August and with thousands of organically grown lavender plants purpling the rolling hills, Rita is blooming with ideas from lavender ice cream to soap to sachet to, well, let’s have a drink!

Makes approximately 4 servings

Ingredients

Lemonade:

  • 8 lemons, washed
  • 2 cups of lavender syrup
  • 12 lavender ice cubes
  • 2 ounces vodka (optional)

Lavender ice cubes:

  • 1 BPA-free ice tray (silicone or stainless steel)
  • 3 cups boiled water
  • 1/4 cup dried culinary lavender

Lavender simple syrup:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup culinary lavender

Preparation

Lemonade:

Peel lemon rinds with a veggie peeler to make strips for garnish. Juice lemons. If you don’t have a juicer, hand-held lemon juice squeezers work well. Mix lemon juice and simple syrup together and pour into glasses filled with lavender ice cubes. For the alcoholic version, leave enough room in each glass for an ounce of vodka.

Lavender ice cubes:

Place a sprinkle of lavender in each cube form. Pour in boiling water. Carefully place in freezer until cubes are fully frozen.

Lavender simple syrup:

In a heavy pan heat on medium while stirring until mixture comes to a simmer. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for several hours. Strain.