Lavender Limeade

I like using limes for this recipe because, unlike their cousin the lemon, limes are a bit more alkaline. Although both lemons and limes are acidic in nature they produce an alkalizing effect on the body, the more alkaline the body, the healthier you are. This is because disease states only occur when the body’s pH is acidic. They’re not as easy to find, but if you can get your hands on them, key limes are organic and a better choice that your conventional limes.

1 gallon spring water
2 juiced limes
fresh basil

simple syrup
2 cups of spring water
1 cup of coconut palm sugar (or your favorite sweetener)
1-2 cupful lavender extract  

Let's start by making some simple syrup. You can store this recipe and use to sweeten your tea or coffee. 

  • Grab your gallon and measure our 2 cups
  • Pour 2 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar into a pot, stir until mixture is warm and sugar is fully dissolved, turn off fire and allow to cool. Add a capful of lavender extract*

Now the the simple syrup is done... 

  • Pour remaining water (about 14 cups) into a gallon sized pitcher, add the juice of one lime.
  • Add lavender / sugar mixture
  • Tear a few basil leaves to release the flavor, add to pitcher
  • Garnish with basil and sliced lime… feel free to add ice… and enjoy.

 

Jazmyn Burton