Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
The refreshing, tropical drink is made with an easy, homemade lemongrass syrup, a swirl of coconut milk, and a splash of water (or ice, if making a slushie). Dawet originates from Asia, and is especially popular in Indonesia. The drink was brought to Suriname and popularized as a result of colonization and immigration. The slushie is popular among street vendors. The lemongrass syrup makes a nice gift given in a pretty bottle.
For the syrup
- 2 -4 ounces lemongrass
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 3 drops red food coloring (for color) (optional)
For the drink
- coconut milk, to taste
- water (optional)
- salt, to taste
- For the syrup:.
- Slit the lemongrass several times lengthwise. This will help release the glorious lemon scent. Then add the lemongrass to a pot with the sugar and water. Boil 15-20 minutes, or until the mixture obtains a syrupy consistency. Stir in a few drops of food coloring.
- Pour the lemongrass syrup into a clean bottle or jar and refrigerate until cool. Remove the lemongrass, if desired. Makes about 1 1/2-2 cups.
- To mix your drink into a slushie (for 1 person):.
- Stir together 1/4 cup lemongrass syrup with 1/4 cup coconut milk and a pinch of salt.
- Blend this pink mixture with two handfuls of ice.
- This will make a slushie for one person in the blender.
- Pulse until the smoothie is ultra, silky smooth. It really makes for an almost ice cream like dessert (except totally vegan).