Drink: Homemade Low-Sugar Lavender Lemonade

Is there anything more refreshing than lemonade on a hot day? Yes – lavender lemonade – and we’re sharing our secret family recipe! I have surprised so many friends with this, and as a small party gift or picnic addition, it always gets the BEST response.

A pitcher and glass of our homemade low sugar lavender lemonade sitting on a striped linen tablecloth next to two lemons.

Serve it with our vanilla-wafer “hamburger” treats for a perfect afternoon tea party or special summer celebration refresher for kids. And guys, that gorgeous color… it’s NATURAL! There is absolutely no food coloring here. Added benefit? Since lavender is a natural relaxer, worries melt away with every glass…

A glass of our homemade low sugar lavender lemonade garnished with blueberries and a lemon wedge.

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Homemade Lavender Lemonade Ingredients:

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Makes roughly 1/2 gallon and serves 4-6

  • 3 Tbsp edible lavender (we used local, but I like this edible kind too)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 6 lemons, juiced (or 2 cups of lemon juice)
Homemade lavender lemonade ingredients | via barley and birch

DIY Low-Sugar Lavender Lemonade Instructions:

  1. Combine water, honey, and sugar over heat

    In a medium pot bring 6 cups of water to a boil, stirring in the honey & sugar. Heads up, we like our lemonade SOUR in this household, so I’ve used much less sugar than a typical lemonade recipe calls for. Depending on what you’re used to, you may want to add a 1/2 or full cup – but remember, you can always add more later!

  2. Add lavender, cover, and let simmer

    Reduce to a simmer, add the lavender, and cover for 30 minutes to 1 hour (the longer you can let it infuse, the stronger the taste and pinkish hue will be). Just a note on the edible lavender – we stop at the beautiful Lavender Hill Farms in Northern Michigan every year for ours, but if you don’t live in the area, you can purchase their culinary lavender here. Or discover a farm near you on this list of lavender farms by state for US folks. 

  3. Pour lemon juice into a pitcher

    Pour your lemon juice into a pitcher and top with a sieve.
    refreshing lavender lemonade via barley and birch

  4. Add the strained lavender liquid to the pitcher of lemon juice

    Pour the lavender mixture into your lemon juice, straining out the hard bits. Your lavender mixture will look brown on the stove, but watching it all turn pink as the two mix is truly the delight of this process!
    refreshing lavender lemonade via barley and birch

  5. Refrigerate until cold and serve over ice

    Beautiful, naturally light pink lavender lemonade! Refrigerate until cold and serve with tons of ice cubes and lovely little lemon slices!

For an extra delicious treat (and a little pop of color) I also like to garnish with blueberries, raspberries, or other in-season fruits. Or pour into a mold, freeze, and serve as a super-refreshing and unique popsicle!

A pitcher of our DIY low sugar lavender lemonade sitting on a striped linen tablecloth next to two empty glasses with paper straws.

A mason jar or simple clear glass container with a good lid is the best way I’ve found to save it in the fridge for later, when you’re ready to go, throw on a simple tag or tie on some lavender, and you have the perfect summer hosting gift or picnic addition!

A pitcher our homemade low sugar lavender lemonade sitting on a striped linen tablecloth next to two lemons.

This is so delicious on a hot day, and (pro tip!) is also very easy to spike for adult picnics or seaside sit-and-sips. Add a little limoncello, gin, or vodka, depending on your tastes + a splash of tonic…summer heaven in a glass!

A mason jar of our homemade lavender lemonade packaged to be a summer host gift

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Amanda Eldridge
Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.

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