Fresh Lemongrass Ginger Ale
makes about 1 quartInspired by a recipe from Jean-Georges Vongerichten, this is a drink that will have your friends praising you to infinity and beyond.
Read more about this recipe at Steamy Kitchen.
1 1/2 pounds fresh ginger, cut into thin strips (don’t bother peeling)
3 stalks lemongrass, outer leaves discarded and bottom 6” roughly chopped into 1/2" sections
1 1/4 quarts water
1 3/4 cups sugar
prep: 25 minutes
total: 30 minutes, plus time to chill
2. In a saucepan over high heat, add 1 1/4 quarts of water, the lemongrass/ginger mixture and the sugar. Boil and immediately turn heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes, uncovered. Strain with a couple layers of cheesecloth. Chill in fridge as long as you can wait.
3. To serve, fill a tall glass with ice. Add a 1/4 cup of the lemongrass/ginger syrup in the glass. Top with soda water and/or gin. Add a quick squeeze of lime, sip and pretend you’re on vacation.