Lavender key-limeade

by Kiran on May 15, 2012 · 45 comments

in Beverages

I‘ve been nothing but sappy recently after moving to Arizona — but I’ve found a cure for it.

This key-limeade. No joke.

And also, returning to my routine. A fully stocked pantry and refrigerator does wonders, no? Guys, it’s simple fixes like this that makes me merry and smile all day 😀

I’ve also discovered my love for Arizona — Trader Joes and Fry’s. It’s a shoppers haven. Have you came across a pint of blackberries for 98 cents before?

Not me.

But you’d find it here at Fry’s. I almost brought in a cot to permanently call it my home.

I haven’t ventured into the local farmers market just yet, but I can tell it’s gonna be fabulous.  Wish we had more of this in Orlando.  Moving back would be difficult now.

What a turn of event, no?

A few days ago, we shopped at a local market aptly named as “Asiana”. If you are in the Phoenix area, this is the place to be. I’ve found all Asian ingredients here, from local Indian to Chinese produce and spices. We easily spent 1.5 hours going through each and every aisle religiously.

Imagine a kid’s reaction in a candy store. That’s me, in a fully stocked Asian grocery store. We found fragrant key-limes and my mind immediately churned for a recipe.

If there’s a marriage in citrus land, I’d say lavender + key-limes makes a perfect pair 😉

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  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 heaping tbsp lavender
  • 1/3 cup key-lime juice (about 6 key limes)
  • 2/3 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Boil 8 cups of water. As soon as it boils, remove from heat. Add 1 heaping tbsp of lavender.
  2. Steep lavender water for 30 minutes.
  3. Using a fine mesh/colander, strain lavender water into a glass pitcher. Allow it to completely cool.
  4. While lavender water cools, juice key limes into a measuring cup. Add agave nectar and salt. Stir to dissolve.
  5. Add key lime juice into pitcher. Stir and refrigerate to chill.
  6. To serve add a few ice cubes into glasses, top it with chilled lavender key-limeade and garnish with a few slices of key lime and fresh lavender.


Fresh lavender is blossoming everywhere. Perfect to perfume your favorite summer drink. Don’t forget to say “Cheers!” I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. This one is for you, Mom. We love you 🙂

What is your favorite — lemon or limeade?


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1 Rosa May 15, 2012 at 9:55 AM

A delightful drink! So refreshing and divine tasting.



2 Kathryn May 15, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I’ve made lavender lemonade before (and loved it) but lavender limeade sounds even better! Gorgeous pictures too, full of light.
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3 the wicked noodle May 15, 2012 at 10:34 AM

So beautiful! Makes me think of a warm summer day with a cool breeze.
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4 Reem | Simply Reem May 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Absolutely refreshing….
Perfect for this time …
Beautiful pics Kiran!!
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5 Denise @ Creative Kitchen May 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM

So you did move away!! 🙁 And we finally just met. Hey, now wait….my friend Wendy from Around my Family Table was just telling me in NYC that there are no food bloggers in her area. She’s in Arizona too. I’ll have to check and see what part again. Maybe if you guys are close, you can get together!
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6 Wendy May 15, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Hey neighbor! Denise just told me you moved here….sounds like you might be pretty close to me! I would love to connect with you!!!!!

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7 Alyssa @ Everyday Maven May 15, 2012 at 6:25 PM

So glad you are starting to feel settled and finding great stores!!! Beautiful drink Kiran 🙂
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8 Asmita May 15, 2012 at 9:34 PM

What cool and refreshing drink!
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9 Kitchen Belleicious May 15, 2012 at 10:01 PM

i love lemonade but seldom use lavender in my cooking so this is a real treat! I hope to make it soon

10 tania@mykitchenstories May 16, 2012 at 3:57 AM

Oh yes , an Asian store how great. I am the same i can spend hours in there.
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11 Deeps @ Naughty Curry May 16, 2012 at 5:48 AM

such a pretty peach colour.. im sure it tasted as good as it looks 🙂
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12 Cher May 16, 2012 at 7:56 AM

It’s always nice to find new places to love.

The lime-ade is beautiful – sounds like a refreshing treat for a hot day.
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13 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 16, 2012 at 8:03 AM

I’ve never been to Fry’s but I love my Trader Joe’s!
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14 myfudo May 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Can’t wait for you to tell us how would your trip to the farmers market turn out. I am sure it will be a blast,girl =)
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15 Margarita May 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I like this! Lavenders are beautiful… they look beautiful and smell beautiful… I have a bouquet of dried lavenders on my kitchen counter but I think they’ve gathered dust for the longest time and not safe to put in my drinks. LOL! I need to pick a new bunch!
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16 Chineka @ May 16, 2012 at 10:48 PM

This looks great. I am going to have to try this out. I bet the lime in this drink makes it refreshing.
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17 Tadka Pasta May 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Looks so wonderfully refreshing and such a soft, cool color. Beautiful pictures too, love the summery light everywhere.
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18 chinmayie @ love food eat May 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM

That just looks so refreshing! Lovely pink color…
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19 Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} May 18, 2012 at 11:12 AM

A refreshing drink for the summer heat! Love the addition of lavender buds!
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20 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc May 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM

absolutely love these!
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21 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective May 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM

We make lavender lemonade all summer, but this is a fantastic twist!!
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22 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM

This looks amazing, Kiran! So light and refreshing, and perfect for cooling down during these scorching Texas summers!

23 Richa@HobbyandMore May 18, 2012 at 5:50 PM

that is one refreshing limeade.. bet you need it often there:)

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24 Baker Street May 18, 2012 at 10:37 PM

What a refreshing and delightful drink, Kiran! Absolutely love the idea of infusing lavender. 🙂
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25 Asmita May 20, 2012 at 3:24 PM

What a refreshing drink. Love the use of lavender in it. Gorgeous clicks.
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26 Sophie May 21, 2012 at 7:58 AM

What a satisfying & refreshing drink! I love it! 🙂
So apart flavoured too! A great idea!
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27 Jenny @ BAKE May 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

this sounds delicious! I wish we had Trader Joe’s in the UK it’s amazing!
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28 Cate May 22, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Yes- a fully stocked pantry is so nice 🙂 I’m always at a loss when I cook at my parents’ house… they’re not really cooks so their spice shelf is barren! Although I guess it makes me be creative…

29 Cass @foodmyfriend May 23, 2012 at 12:22 AM

That looks totally beautiful! I just got back from holidays and my fridge is empty. Need to go shopping ASAP so I can feel normal again!
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30 Rikki June 3, 2012 at 10:07 PM

I want to try this sooo bad. I just started experimenting with lavender and it looks SO good in this drink. And I’m totally jealous of all your markets!!
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31 Ira Rodrigues June 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Very refreshing drink! i like the way you’ve sliced the lime, thinly sexy:)
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32 Jennifer Chong April 10, 2013 at 3:11 PM

oh kiran looks tasty!
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33 Kiran April 12, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Jennifer — thank you so much my dear! And thanks for the pin 🙂 xo

34 Kayla h. July 4, 2013 at 3:25 AM

I stumbled upon this recipe last week and I was dieing to make it. I made it today to have it tomorrow at my families fourth of july party, but mine came out more… brown than your pictures :(, is there possibly something im doing wrong?

35 Kiran July 4, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Hi Kayla — perhaps the lavender you’ve used is dispersing stronger color. Try steeping the lavender in a lesser temperature or for a lesser duration. Either way, I wouldn’t worry too much about the color. Perhaps you can add some blue food coloring for the occasion? Or even red? Just a suggestion. Let me know your thoughts on this. Hope you enjoy the recipe and have fun celebrating 4th 🙂

36 Kiran July 4, 2013 at 8:38 AM

And oh. Try using regular sugar instead of agave nectar that disperse a distinct color which is contributing to the overall coloring of this recipe.

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