I love summer! It’s hot enough to get that nice sweaty feeling (something my high school gym teacher referred to as a “glow”) and when all the windows are open, the drapes billow and swoon in the most pleasing way. Amazing things happen in the summer. People seem to smile more and even when they complain about just how goddamn hot it is, you know that it’s all part of the friendly summer conversation. Right now, my windows are open, the drapes are billowing and a block away there is a Chinese marching band doing it’s thing. Cymbals crashing, trumpets blaring and a constant staccato drumbeat to keep everyone in line. Man, what’s not to love? Got an icy beverage in hand? Well, you should! Yesterday I wanted an ice-cold lemonade so I went out to my container garden, snipped some mint leaves and a few sprigs of lavender and decided that not only would my drink be refreshing and herbal, but it would be extra pretty to boot. It was.
I’m new to gardening and I’m already in love with it all. I’ve definitely got the gardening bug! My garden may only be in containers on my small balcony but I’m making the most of it. Read about my container gardening adventures on the Food Network Canada blog, Food for Thought and give me your opinions, tips and share your own small garden experiences!
1 c sugar
1 c water
1/2 c mint leaves
1 large handful of lavender stems (leaves & flowers)
1 – 2 T dried lavender flowers
1 c fresh lemon juice
1/4 c fresh lime juice
1. Create a sugar syrup by bringing water and sugar to a boil. Remove from heat and add in the mint and lavender. When the syrup is cool, add the lemon and lime juice.
2. Strain syrup and pour into a pitcher along with 5 – 8 cups of cold water. Add enough water to suit your tastes. I like a lot of water, so I usually fill up my pitcher with the full amount. Serve over lots of ice and decorate with fresh mint and a few extra springs of lavender.