Lemon Verbena Lemonade Recipe


I am moving into a new office this week so I had to bring a couple of my lemon verbena plants home and given the great weather we were having I decided to move them right back into the garden. Fortunately they were a little leggy from lack of sunlight in my office so I cut off some of the dropping stems and was about to put them in the compost until I got the idea to make some Lemon Verbena Lemonade.

The basic idea is the same as regular lemonade though you add Lemon Verbena leafs and use fewer lemons.  It has been said that lemon verbena can have calming effects and can reduce stress; sounds like a great summer drink to me.

Lemon Verbena Lemonade

  • 24 Lemon Verbena Leaves
  • 2 lemons
  • Sugar (or artificial sweetener)
  • Water
  • Peppermint sprig (optional)

Directions: Squeeze lemon juice lemons into a small pot.  Add Lemon remains, Lemon Verbena leaves, 2 cups of sugar, and approximately 4 cups of water to pot.  Bring to boil and let boil for 4 minutes.  Strain mixture into 1-2 gallon container and fill with water.  Add more sugar to taste (kids like the stuff tasting like Kool-Aid though I would recommend less sugar)  Add ice and enjoy on hot summer day.  Given Max and Ruby’s grandma “secret ingredient” to lemonade is peppermint we can’t make any lemonade without it so this part is completely optional.

3 Responses to “Lemon Verbena Lemonade Recipe”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I will try this soon!Thanks,www.kuraisollu.com

  2. jodi (bloomingwriter) Says:

    Lemon verbena is such a gorgeous plant…I've made tea with its leaves but not lemonade. I too will try this one of these days.

  3. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    yeah it definately has a distinct flavor, which is a good thing. Also have to options to mix up the lemon verbena/lemon ratio to taste.

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