Picnics From the Vine: Strawberry Lavender Balsamic Lemonade

Serves 4


1 pint small strawberries, hulled and halved
1 tablespoon strawberry balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup sugar

1tsp. dried culinary lavender
6 cups still or sparkling mineral water
12 lemons
A few sprigs of fresh mint, torn

Place the berries and vinegar in the bottom of a glass pitcher, then muddle with a wooden spoon.
Dissolve the sugar in 2/3 cup of the water over medium heat, sprinkle in the lavender and let steep for 5 minutes.  Strain, then pour over the strawberries.
  Juice the lemons and add to the pitcher.  Fill the pitcher with the remaining 5 1/3 cups of water and stir. Chill or pour over ice and the torn mint leaves and serve.

Recipe Adapted from Epicurious "Strawberry-Balsamic Lemonade" Rachel Ray's Look + Cook

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