Recipe// Blackberry Lavender Lemonade

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Blackberry Lavender Lemonade
serves 4-6
1/2 cup dried culinary lavender
5 cups water
1/4 – 1/2 cup maple syrup (raw honey, agave or raw sugar will also work)
1 cup freshly squeeze lemon juice (about 6-8 lemons)
4-6 teaspoons maple sugar
6 ounces fresh blackberries

Bring 5 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat, 
stir in the lavender and reduce the heat. 
Partially cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes. 
Strain the lavender tea over a strainer or through cheesecloth, pressing down to get out
 as much liquid as you can, discard the lavender. 
Pour the liquid into a large pitcher. 
Stir in maple syrup, honey or whatever sweetener you are using, until it has dissolved. 
I prefer my lemonade on the tart side so I only used 1/4 cup of maple syrup, 
but feel free to use as much as you would like. Let cool. 
Once cooled, add the lemon juice to the pitcher and give it a good stir.
 Taste to see if it needs more sweetener or if you want to add some water to dilute it a little.
To serve, place 5 to 8 blackberries and 1 teaspoon of sugar in each glass. Muddle. 
Pour the lemonade mixture over to fill the glass about 2/3 of the way full, give it a stir,
 then top with ice. Garnish with lemon slices pressed into some dried lavender, 
or add a fresh sprig of lavender if you have it.
*For an alcoholic cocktail, add in a shot of vodka

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