Lavender Lemonade + My Valentine’s Day DIY

Happy Monday! Spring is right around the corner (or at least that’s what I’m telling myself) and with that comes days sipping lemonade on the patio. Even better when it’s flavored with herbs from the garden, which Adam recently revamped! With Valentine’s Day coming up this Sunday, I thought it would be fun to share one a quick and easy festive DIY project along with a delicious drink for any of you entertaining. Here’s what to do…

DIY Valentine's Day Straws | Tamera Mowry

First, get crafty. Purchase paper straws and colorful felt which you’ll then cut into hearts. With a hot glue gun, place a small dab of glue and attach it near the top of the straw. Lay them out and way for the straws to dry while you whip up the lemonade.

Now for the lavender lemonade recipe…

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

Gather your ingredients. The process will be the same as my classic lemonade recipe, but with the addition of lavender. For a healthier drink, I love Xyla in place of sugar. It’s an all natural sweetener with 40% less calories than regular sugar. It sweetens drinks without that crazy sugar crash too.

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

Like with classic lemonade, you’ll want to dissolve the sugar/sweetener in the water beforehand. During this step you can infuse your lavender – just a handful for a six-serving pitcher is necessary, but you can add as much as you’d like to taste.

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

When finished steeping and sugar is dissolved, strain the lavender with a fine mesh strainer. You’ll want to keep your strainer handy when to remove any stray seeds from your lemon juice as well.

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

Combine the sweetened lavender water with the lemonade and chill in the fridge. The more lavender you add, the pinker your juice will turn. Add a few drops of food coloring if you prefer a lavender hue. I enjoy the subtly of the flavors here, however!

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

The good stuff!

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

Adorn them with your cute straws and you have the perfect Valentine’s drink. Kid friendly too :)

Do you have Valentine’s plans?

Xx,
Tamera

  • Yum! I love the taste and smell of lavender! I have never heard of Xyla before but I’ll be sure to check it out since it sounds like a great sugar replacement.

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  • Dominique Braswell

    This sounds delicious; I never heard of Xyla is there anything else you recommend that has less calories than sugar?

    • Edrika Dorsey-Clark

      You should try it. It’s a sugar alternative made from a birch tree and has no after taste like other alternative sugars.

  • Therese Maher

    Thanks tamera i am making this tommorow :) cant wait to try it

  • Creative Expressions Art Studi

    I’m so excited! Loving our LOVERS mug :-)
    Thanks @tameramowrytwo
    For the idea!
    #Valentinesday #couplespainting #partytime #tameramowry

  • Khadija Khadija

    Yummers, Happy Valentine’s Tamera!

  • Ann Martinez

    Thank you Tamera & Adam. I was actually looking for a good lemonade recipe because if you buy it made at the store it’s always to sweet & you can’t drink very much. Or it’s not sweet enough & just falls flat! So thank you both this is perfect!

  • Edrika Dorsey-Clark

    Thanks! I love xylitol too. Glad to see a recipe that uses it, even though I can use it just like reg sugar. Making this this weekend.

  • Tiffany

    Awesome!! Do you use Kangen water? I wonder what the lemons and lavender would do to the oroperties of the water?