Lavender Lemonade


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Lavender lemonade is a refreshing and delightful twist to your classic lemonade recipe. Infused with a lavender honey simple syrup it’s easy, fragrant, elegant and perfect to enjoy on a warm day throughout spring and summer.

Lavender lemonade in two tall glasses and topped with lavender flowers as garnish.

I’m convinced that lavender lemonade is the antidote to sweltering hot days. It’s refreshing and sweet (but not overly so) with a nuanced flavor that makes it feel elegant and slightly fancy. Translation – it’s perfect for brunches, parties and gatherings with friends because it’s sure to impress.

My mom has big lavender plants in her yard and a waft of their lovely smell just soothes and relaxes my mood. It’s the magical power of lavender.

Not only is lavender a beautiful, fragrant plant with vibrant purple blossoms, but it’s a delicious herb to use in cooking that adds a floral flavor with hints of lemon and citrus. Which means it pairs beautifully with anything lemon. So let’s whip up some lavender lemonade!

Honey, lemons, and dried lavender on a table, then mixed into a pitcher.

Lavender Lemonade Ingredients

Good news, there’s just a handful ingredients in this recipe and it’s super easy to make. Here’s what you need:

  • Lemon Juice: Always use freshly squeezed lemons for the freshest flavor. Meyer lemons are preferred if you can find them as they’re naturally sweeter.
  • Honey: Ditch the processed white sugar normally found in lemonade for honey! It’s sweet, naturally floral and pairs perfectly with the lavender. Alternatively, you could use maple syrup.
  • Dried Lavender Flowers: You can find dried lavender flowers for culinary use in the spice aisle of your market. Use those for making the infused simple syrup. But don’t forget fresh lavender flowers for garnish!
  • Water: You’ll need water to mix with the honey for the simple syrup, then you’ll need additional cold water to fill your pitcher.
  • Ice: Don’t forget the ice to chill the lemonade for that uber refreshing sip.

Lavender lemonade in a tall glass with a slice of lemon and sprig of fresh lavender.

How to Make Lavender Lemonade

It takes about 30 minutes to make this recipe and most of that time is spent simmering and infusing the lavender flavor in the simple syrup.

  1. Juice your lemons until you have about a cup of fresh lemon juice and add them to a pitcher. I love my little stainless steel juicer for this task
  2. Combine 2 cups of the water, honey and dried lavender in a small pot over medium heat. Stir until the honey dissolves, then turn off the heat and let it infuse for 30 minutes.
  3. Strain the lavender simple syrup mixture through a fine mesh sieve into the pitcher along with the lemon juice. Then stir together and voila, lavender lemonade.
  4. Add ice and fresh slices of lemon to your pitcher to pretty it up.
  5. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh lavender flowers.

Top down view of lemonade in a glass with ice and a sprig of fresh lavender.

What Kind of Lavender Can You Cook With?

For this recipe, I recommend using dried culinary lavender flowers. All varieties of lavender are edible, but most of what you’ll find in the store comes from English Lavender or Provence Lavender.

If you grow your own lavender, you can certainly dry it and use it in this recipe. Just make sure that it hasn’t been sprayed with any pesticides.

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Two glasses of lavender lemonade on a table next to fresh lavender.

Lavender Lemonade

5 from 9 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


Lavender lemonade is a refreshing spin on your classic lemonade recipe infused with a lavender honey simple syrup. Make a batch, chill and enjoy on a hot spring and summer day!


  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice , Meyer lemons are preferred
  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup honey , or maple syrup / other sweeteners
  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
  • ice
  • lemon slices and fresh lavender flowers, for garnish


  • Add 2 cups of water, the honey, and dried lavender to a small pot. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and stir to dissolve the honey.
  • Once the honey is dissolved, turn off the heat and let the mixture infuse for 30 minutes.
  • While you're waiting for the mixture to infuse, pour the lemon juice into a pitcher.
  • Strain the lavender mixture through a fine mesh sieve into the pitcher with the lemon juice.
  • Pour 2 cups of cold water (or more if desired) into the pitcher and stir together. Add ice and lemon slices.
  • To serve, pour the lavender lemonade into glasses with ice and garnish with fresh lavender blossoms.

Lisa's Tips

  • You can always tweak the amount of honey or other sweetener, with more or less, to your liking.
  • If you love my modern lemonade pitcher, it's this one from Amazon. 


Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 71g | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lavender lemondae, lemonade, lemonade recipe
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. Thank you so much for this and your other wonderful recipes. I needed something for my husband’s chronic cough and made this, but with thyme instead of lavendar. I aded a little freshly grated ginger as well. It turned out so well; it was not only great for his cough, but yummy as well.

  2. Very tasty and easy to make. The lavender adds a nice flavor that softens the tartness of the lemon. I can’t do sugar, so I subbed Monk fruit with erythmitol which worked well. I will definitely make this again as a refreshing summer drink5 stars

  3. Just made this minus the Lavender and it is amazing!!! My 4 year old loved it! We also used organic raw cane sugar as our sweetener.5 stars

  4. I was super excited to try this recipe, but I definitely needed to make some adjustments:

    1. 1 cup of honey would have been way very sweet. I’m very glad I decided to start with less and work up. I ended up using about 2/3 of a cup. . 

    2. The lavender flavour was very mild, almost non existent. After researching other recipes, I found they all recommended steeping  the lavender simple syrup overnight. Too late for that, as I had already strained it, so I put the already used lavender in a tea ball and let it sit in the lemonade all day. It was good after a couple of hours, even better by the end of the day. 

    3. It was a very potent lemonade, so I diluted with an extra 2 cups of water. Mind you, if I had made a jug or punch bowl that was going to sit out, full of ice, I would not have had to dilute it. But, because I was just putting it in a pitcher to be refrigerated, it needed diluting.

    I will definitely be making this again. It is just the “little something extra”, perfect for a sunny afternoon! I also think it might make a lovely cocktail when mixed with vodka. Cheers! 

  5. This looks amazing, and that’s the exact honey I use at home!

    It’s quite expensive, so I was wondering what’s the least amount of honey you might recommend for this to still turn out well and not be too tart? (I generally don’t like anything too sweet anyway)

    1. Hi Shereen- You can always adjust the amount of honey in this and also use any type of honey you’d like!

  6. This is so refreshingly husband and I love it!!! Pair it with local honey and some fresh fruit on the side its perfect on a breezy sunny day.5 stars

    1. Hi Krissy – Excited to hear that you’ve already made this lemondae! Glad you and your family enjoyed it :)

    1. Hi Michelle – what a perfect idea for a wedding beverage option! Congrats on your wedding and I hope you and your guests love this recipe. Let me know how it goes :)

  7. I am officially ready to say – what a summer it was (once I try this lemonade, of course)! It looks so refreshing – just what I need for the August heat. Thank you!5 stars

    1. Hi Elaine – It is definitely the ultimate refreshment for the hot summer days. Can’t wait for you to try it!

  8. I can only imagine how refreshing and delicious this lemonade must be! Lavender and Lemonade? Sign me up!5 stars

    1. Hi Shanika – The day I made this I almost wanted to finish the whole pitcher! It was so delicious, so I can’t wait for you to try it :)

    2. I have a bunch of lemons but no lavender. Since I am being very strict about only going to the store every 1.5 weeks what are some other things that I might have that I could infuse them syrup with? If anyone has any suggestions they’d be welcome!

  9. What a cool and refreshing drink for summer! Looking forward to enjoying this after another hot day!5 stars

    1. Hi Sara – This is definitely the perfect drink for summer! Let me know how you like it :)