Friday, June 21, 2013

Lavender Lemonade & Murder

All summer long Mystery Playground is featuring Friday guest posts matching drinks with fabulous summer reads. Today's post is from Bella McGuire at Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

With the summer weather around the corner, I love sitting outside enjoying a good mystery and a nice glass of Lavender Lemonade. Some of the great books I look forward to starting this summer are: Father Knows Best by Jeffrey Allen, Steamed to Death by Peg Cochran and A Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle. Looking for something a bit edgier? I highly recommend Joyland by Stephen King, a serial killer at a carnival, with a great summer feel.

Recipe for Lavender Lemonade:
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup agave nectar (or honey)
3 Tbsp dried lavender
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 cups water
1 lemon, sliced (for garnish)

Over medium heat, combine two cups of water and sugar, bringing to a boil until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and stir in agave nectar and dried lavender.  Cover for about 15 minutes, allowing mixture to steep.  Strain lavender, making sure to release all juices and syrup.

In a large pitcher, combine freshly squeezed lemon juice, lavender mixture and water.  Feel free to add a drop of blue coloring and a drop of red to mixture to give it a lovely purple color.  Chill for at least 2 hours and serve over ice.  Enjoy!


  1. Thanks for a great post Bella. I can't wait to make this lemonade and dig in!

  2. I love fancy lemonades....and cozies...both great for summer.