A refreshing Lemongrass Mint Spritzer featuring a homemade syrup and a wedge of lime. A simple and versatile recipe, allowing you to create a special cocktail for both drinkers and non-drinkers.
Peel off the outer layer of lemongrass stalks and rinse under cold water. Using a pestle or the wide flat side of a knife, press down on the stems to lightly crush them until the fragrance is released. Roughly chop the stalks into small pieces, about 1 cm.
In a small pan, add 2 cups of water and the chopped lemongrass. Bring to a boil and simmer gently for 15 - 20 minutes, or until liquid is reduced by about half. Using a slotted spoon or a strainer, remove the lemongrass pieces.
Remove the mint leaves and pour into a glass jar.
Fill a large wine glass with ice and add 1 - 2 tablespoons of syrup, depending on how sweet you like your drinks. Add 1 shot (1.5 ounces) of vodka or gin and gently stir. Add a small handful of mint, a lime wedge and fill the glass ¾ full of sparkling water or plain soda water.
Fill a large glass with ice and add 1 - 2 tablespoons of syrup. Add a small handful of mint, a lime wedge and fill the glass ¾ full of sparkling water or plain soda water.
This simple syrup can be kept for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.