Despite of a couple of dismal weather days over this past long weekend, and some pesky showers today, it's shaping up to be a scorcher of a week! I don't know about you, but when it gets hot outside, my time in the kitchen dwindles. The thought of turning on the oven has me sweating before I even begin, and I start to dream about cool, refreshing drinks. Fortunately, the assembly of this drink only requires a little bit of heat, and produces a cool, zesty, refreshing beverage to quench your thirst on even the hottest of days. And if the forecast is right, you're going to need it soon!

Lavender Lemonade

Unlike the other libations we've shared so far in our Spring 2013 Cocktail Series, this drink is virgin. You could easily add in a splash of vodka (or citrus vodka, if you prefer) and make it into an adult beverage, but if you're just trying to hydrate, you can make it as-is.

The lavender incorporated into this drink gives it a fun herbal twist, but is faint and not at all overpowering. I found the balance of lemon with lavender was perfect, and really enjoyed sipping on this!

Serve in a tall glass, like this Simon Pearce Woodbury Tumbler, with a lemon slice for garnish and a sprig of lavender for some added flair.

Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade from Sunday Suppers

Ingredients 1/2 cup sugar 2 sprigs lavender (stems and buds), plus additional for garnish 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Directions In a large saucepan, bring 32 ounces of water and the sugar to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat, and add lavender sprigs and lemon and lime juices. Let mixture cool to room temperature, strain, and chill. Serve over ice, with additional lemon slices and lavender sprigs for garnish.