Dear fried friend,
I am seriously loving the warmth of summer. I miss the geniuine HEAT of Virginia Beach (sorry Seattle, 90 degrees isn’t quite HEAT) … something I never thought I would say!!!
My sister and I are both expecting babies in the fall and HOW COOL IS THAT? I hosted a baby shower for her and it was super fun. We kept the guests hydrated with a root beer float punch (pour root beer in a punch bowl … add ice cream in cubes, scoops or one giant block), a giant jug of water, and a huge glass dispenser of Lavender Lemonade.
Did you know root beer and other sodas used to be made with essential oils for flavorings? That’s why people drank ginger ale for their tummies, and you would buy soda at the drugstore – because it was a tonic for health! Now we have synthetic versions to mimic the flavor of oils, which is a bummer. You can still make your own root beer or buy some fun hipster brands made with original recipes and essential oils.
I first enjoyed this refreshing, hydrating and detoxifying beverage at the Young Living Farm in Mona, Utah, and ever since I was in love.
I made a few gallons of it so I was totally winging the measurements (taste – pour – taste again), and you can adjust this based on your sweet/tart preferences.
The only oils I ingest are the Vitality line oils from Young Living. These have passed consistent human trials and been proven to be a safe dietary supplement, and the FDA has approved them to be labelled as such. Use whatever you like! To remain compliant with FDA standards and my personal organic goals, I will only recommend these ones.
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons organic lemon juice (not from concentrate), or five juiced lemons
2 tablespoons organic lime juice (not from concentrate), or one juiced lime
1/2 cup Young Living Organic Blue Agave Nectar
4 drops Young Living Lemon Vitality Oil or Young Living Jade Lemon Vitality Oil (my preferred!)
2 drops Young Living Lavender Vitality Oil
1 – 2 drops Young Living Lime Vitality Oil
10 cups cold, filtered water
Optional: Sliced organic lemon, sliced organic lime, sliced organice orange, lavender sprigs
- Blend 1 cup of water, the lemon and lime juice, and the agave nectar in a blender.
- Pour into large (1 gallon) pitcher or dispenser and add the rest of the water, stirring vigorously to combine.
- Add lemon, lavender and lime oils and continue stirring, then add ice cubes. Add sliced citruses as well, if you want it for gorgeousness!!
- Serve ice cold!!!! Add lavender sprigs to the pitcher or glasses as garnish if desired!
Stay cool my friends!!!!