Blackberry Lavender Lemonade – Gluten-free, Vegan + Refined Sugar-free

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Blackberry Lavender Lemonade - Gluten-free, Vegan + Refined Sugar-free

I have really been enjoying playing around with different seasonal flavor combinations for the series of cocktail recipes that I have been sharing over on the Free People blog BLDG 25. This is my second post in my 5-part Summer Mocktail series for Free People.

I have been letting what I find at the market determine the drinks, instead of the other way around. I had been thinking up some type of twist on the standard “Arnold Palmer” of tea and lemonade, which we love over here. I wanted it to be brighter, more colorful and featuring a seasonal fruit. When I saw the blackberries I instantly knew that was the way to go. Not only will this quench the thirstiest of thirsts, but it is such a beautiful and bright color, to boot!

Blackberry Lavender Lemonade - Gluten-free, Vegan + Refined Sugar-free

The delicate aromatics from the lavender, paired with the pleasant tartness from the lemons and the blackberries is absolute perfection and sure to please anyone on a hot summer day. I decided to use my go-to sweeteners for this since I prefer to not use refined sugar, but you can feel free to substitute whatever sugar or sugar-alternative you desire. I also go light on the sweetness since I prefer my lemonade drinks to be on the tart side. Make sure to taste and sweeten to your own liking. If you are looking to make this into an alcoholic beverage, simply add in 1 shot of your favorite vodka, stir and enjoy!

 

Blackberry Lavender Lemonade - Gluten-free, Vegan + Refined Sugar-free

 

This recipe was originally shared on the Free People blog. Check out my first post in the series here.

 

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1 Rachel @ Almonds and Avocados August 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Amazing! What a great idea: I LOVE lavender and never would have thought to use it this way! Thanks for the recipe–I’ll be making this very soon :)

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2 Bridget @ The Road Not Processed August 16, 2012 at 11:26 am

This looks beautiful and so refreshing! I could really go for this right now. I love Free People too :) . Pretty sweet that you blog for them!

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3 tastyyummies August 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Thank you Bridget! It is so refreshing. If juicing fresh lemons didn’t take time, I think I would seriously make this every single day :) Thanks for taking time to comment!

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4 Peter September 2, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Excellent, cheers to you Beth :) You’re sweet as the lemonade

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