Lemongrass and Ginger Iced Tea(Laos)
Lemongrass and ginger infuse this lightly sweetened, refreshing iced tea with subtle flavor. From about.com.
- Ready In:
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup plus 4 cups plus 3 cups water
- 1 large stalk lemongrass, dry tops and tough outer leaves removed, stalk cut into small rounds (about 1/4 cup)
- 1 inch x 2 inch knob ginger, peeled and chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
- 4 mild black tea bags (such as Darjeeling or Assam-I use decaf)
- ice, for serving
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/2 cup water, lemongrass and ginger. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to the dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow the lemongrass and ginger to steep in the sugar syrup for at least half an hour. For more pronounced flavor, place in the refrigerator and allow to steep several hours or overnight.
- Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add the teabags, turn off the heat, and allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes. Squeeze out the teabags and discard. Pour the brewed tea into a heat-proof pitcher.
- Strain the lemongrass ginger syrup through a small sieve, pressing on the solids to extract as much flavor as possible. Discard the solids, and add the syrup to the pitcher of tea. Add three cups of cold water to the tea, and stir well. Chill the tea, and serve over ice. Enjoy!
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Loved this tea!!! I was at my Mom's when I made this and only had use of a microwave, but an overnight steeping of ginger and lemongrass must have done the trick! I will definitely make this again - over and over considering the abundance of lemongrass growing along my driveway! Made for ZWT9 - Gourmet Goddesses.1Reply
I had bought some lemongrass at the Des Moines Farmers Market last year. The lady told me to clean it and freeze it, and it would keep (vacuum sealed). So I've been using it as needed and it still has a nice flavor. I only used maybe a tablespoon of sugar as I don't like sweet tea. But that was still enough to make the tea sweet. Made for team Soup-A-Stars during ZWT9 20131Reply
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