Zero-calorie Lavender Lemonade

 Lavender makes this lemonade special. Use culinary lavender.Lavender lemonade is one of our all-time most popular summer recipes. This version lemonade is pretty with the lavender garnish, refreshing, and different. It is delicious plain or spiked, making it perfect for summer parties. Now I can offer you a healthy and elegant zero-calorie version of the recipe using a new natural zero-calorie sweetener from makers of Splenda. Nectresse is an all new all-natural sweetener made from Monk fruit extract and other natural sweeteners.
 
Nectresse pours and dissolves easily and has no weird aftertaste or bitterness.
 
2 cups of fresh lemon juice. Squeeze six to seven lemons (more if you use small Meyer Lemons). Buy at least 14 for a party. If you like to float slices of lemon in your lemonade, then organic is safer – and be sure to scrub them well.
2 cups of sugar or just use 1½ cups if you like it tart – and I do!
Or, for our no-cal version, add Nectresse Natural No Calorie Sweetener. It is more concentrated in sweetness than sugar so you would only use 15-20 teaspoons of Nectresse. These are 48 teaspoons in one cup of sugar. And ¼ teaspoon of Nectresse Sweetener is equal to the sweetness of 1 teaspoon of sugar. If you are using packets you can half the amount as 1 packet of Nectresse Sweetener is equal to the sweetness of 2 teaspoons of sugar
 
Heat the lemon juice and the sugar together with one quart or liter of water, until the sweetener dissolves. If you want lavender lemonade, steep a very small bunch of lavender in a teabag, ball, or cheese cloth in the warm syrup for 5 minutes. Be sure to use organic lavender.  Remove. Split your syrup into two pitchers, add about 1½ liters/quarts of water to each and chill.
 
This lemonade also makes a perfect mixer for vodka. It is nice to make two pitchers and offer both regular and zero-calorie versions, so guests have choice.
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