Lemongrass is and will forever remain as one of my favorite local herbs, generously used for many of the savoury dishes whereas the Lemongrass Cake was quite an invention. But this cordial I made for the first time. That too after I returned from the Solo Travel To Bangkok as I truly appreciated the refreshing drink while sightseeing in the burning sun, practically a couple of times in a day.
Also, when I returned home, I decided to use up the small gardening space by growing lemongrass, easily grown (Pandan/Screwpine Calamansi Drink) with store bought stalks by putting the base in a container of water and leaving it in a sunny area (indoor or outdoor). Once the roots start to sprout, plant in a pot or directly on the ground. Within a few weeks, there you have a bushy plant with fresh stalks and lemongrass surely strive in our hot weather.
To make this cordial, use as many stalks while adjusting the amount of sugar as per taste. Thereafter, discard the grassy leaves, peel off the outer tough layers, thinly slice the woody top and simmer them with 2 cups of water and sugar for a thick cordial/syrup. Once cool down, strain the syrup, pour in a bottle/container and store in the fridge. For your drinking pleasure, add cordial in a glass, mix with warm or cold water and love the citrus-y, refreshing and soothing drink.
10 lemongrass stalks – sliced thinly
Sugar (as needed and any type)
Simmer lemongrass and sugar in 2 cups of water.
Once a thick syrup forms. remove from heat.
Drain away the stalks, cool it down and store in the fridge.
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