Good morning friends! I'm excited to bring you a guest post today from Alisa, of Alisa's Garden. Alisa's creative spirit is such an inspiration to me, so it's a treat to be able to share one of her yummy recipes with you.
The beautiful images in this post were provided by Mary Banducci Photography for Alisa's Garden.
Hello Dandelion readers! My name is Alisa and I am guest posting here today. I shared Christina's Lavender Lemon Cupcakes on my blog on Monday. You can see the post here. I thought I would compliment her recipe with a sparkling beverage. I chose to make sparkling lavender lemon tea. It's slightly herbal, refreshing, and relaxing with the mix of bright lemon and aromatic lavender. These two recipes would be the perfect combination for a tea party, baby shower, or bridal shower....or even a Mother's Day brunch!
1 TBS Lavender Buds (dried or fresh)
1/2 cup Agave Nectar
1 cup of Steeped Lemon Balm Tea Leaves (dried lemon balm) *optional, green tea would be a great substitute
5-6 cups Sparkling Water or Pellegrino
1 drop of Lavender Essential Oil *optional, this creates a much stronger lavender flavor
Heat 1 cup of water to brew the lemon balm leaves or green tea.
Zest the lemons then juice them.
In a medium sauce pan heat the lemon juice, zest, crushed lavender buds, and agave over low heat to bring out the lemon & lavender essential oils. Once it starts to simmer remove it from the heat and let it cool.
In a large pitcher or pretty bottles, mix the lemon lavender mixture with the sparkling water and the tea.
Serve in a tall glass with a sprig of lavender as a stir stick and a slice of lemon. Enjoy!
...and pssst! if you're planning an event, might I suggest Alisa's vintage rental company, The Attic??