Lavender Black Iced Tea


Makes 1 pitcher

Summers in Provence load the air with the scent of lavender so potent that one cannot stop imaging all the possibilities in the kitchen. If you are not lucky enough to find yourself wandering the hills of Provence picking the wild lavender, than the obvious next best thing is the abundance of lavender found at local farmers markets throughout the summer. This iced tea is caffeinated and potently lavender, not one for the meek and meager; robust and quenching and superbly delicious.


¼ cup fresh lavender flowers
1 cup turbinado sugar or raw unprocessed sugar
1 cup water
2 black tea bags
Lemons for garnish


In a medium saucepan combine the flowers, sugar and water and bring to boil. Reduce heat, place the two tea bags in the syrup and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and continue to let steep for about 5 more minutes or until the mixture is dark. Strain the mixture (reserving a few lavender flowers for floating garnish) Pour the syrup in a large pitcher filled with ice and add water! Garnish with a lemon slice and a few lavender leaves to float.