June 26, 2013

Lavender Iced Tea

I absolutely love lavender!  Its delicate beauty, earthy aroma and delightful flavor-lavender is just one of those things you can enjoy with most of your senses.  Sadly, it's also one of the few plants that will never flourish in my gardens.  I have everything that a lavender least enjoys, among the worst of these is strong wind and heavy clay soil.  That's probably why it thrills my soul so much to go to a lavender farm and see the soft rolling hills of purples and vibrant blues.  I do have a couple of faithful lavender plants who stay with me come what may.  Just enough to snip for a picture to grace the top of a cake or slip into a glass of lemonade.  I buy my culinary lavender from Penzeys and enjoy using it in a variety of foods.  Including it in a cold glass of iced tea is probably one of my favorite ways to use it.  Very refreshing!

8 teabags
2 teaspoons dried lavender blossoms (or more for more pronounced flavor)
2 quarts boiling water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 cups water
4 cups ice cubes

Place the teabags and lavender blossoms into the 2 quarts of boiling water.  Stir well and steep for about 10 minutes.  In another pan, bring the sugar and 4 cups water to boil, stirring until sugar dissolves completely.  Add the sugar syrup to the tea.  Strain tea into a serving pitcher.  Add ice cubes and stir until melted.  Fill glasses with ice and enjoy!

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