• When Life Gives You Violets…Make Violet-Citrus Ade!

  • Getting Started

    Playhouse member Valentine Reilly shared a recipe that combines outdoor exploration with a little science and a lot of wonder to create an amazing thirst-quenching drink! Valentine is also an wonderful artist who creates great prints and t-shirts. Since the advent of the coronavirus stay at home order, she has been debuting cool new shirt designs each week and donating all proceeds after the costs of printing and shipping to a family out of work due to the crisis. Check out her site here.

    A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to snag a t-shirt with this super-cute drawing by Valentine’s son Wiley. It’s a pretty good picture of what it’s all about right now. We’re all connected, so let’s do something good for each other. 

  • Valentine’s Violet Citrus-ade


    *2 cups fresh foraged violets

    *2/3 cup honey

    *Juice of 5 lemons or limes or tangerines or a mix

    *7 cups of water (divided)


  • Step One Prepare the Violets

    Gather your violets and place in a clean mason jar or clear measuring cup. Pour 1 cup boiling water over the violets and let steep for 12-24 hours. Strain flowers out with mesh strainer and press violets to get all liquid out.  Admire the beautiful blue color of the liquid.

  • Step Two Prepare the Citrus

    Squeeze about five lemons or limes or whatever citrus you have to make 1 cup. Pour into the jar of violet juice. 

  • Dissolve 2/3 cup of honey in 1 cup of water by heating over low heat. (That’s a grown-up job!) 

  • Mix the dissolved honey, the violet / citrus mix, with 5 cups of water. Stir to incorporate the honey.  Chill and enjoy!

Natural PigmentsPlayhouse Comics Club, Issue #1 (May 1, 2020)
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