It's mid-March, and already so hot that skirts, shorts, and thong sandals are the norm.
Mornings are quite warm; so much so that the dew is burned off by 9. The daffodils are beginning to wilt! It probably won't last, but for the moment, it's time for lighter fare in general; granitas, fruit salads, iced tea, and, of course, limeade.
Limeade sweetened with lavender syrup is especially refreshing. The lavender brings out the floral undertones of the lime juice, without overpowering, and adds a subtle herbalness that is utterly quenching. Plus, it turns out a pretty, pale-pink drink.
But that's really beside the point. Once the limes are squeezed, this is a very quick recipe.
Bring to a boil
1 CUP WATER &
1 heaping TABLESPOON LAVENDER BUDS
Add 1/8 CUP SUGAR
Let sit to infuse for several minutes, to taste. Strain into a pitcher. Add
1/4 CUP KEY LIME JUICE
to lavender syrup. Stir and pour over ice. Garnish with lavender buds (optional).