Ginger and Lemongrass cordial

Home made ginger and lemongrass cordial with sparkling mineral water

In an effort to try to reduce the amount of soft drinks consumed at home, D found a delicious ginger and lemongrass cordial that he used to mix with sparkling mineral water.  It was good because it meant that he could control (to a certain extent) the amount of sugar in his drinks, and the bonus was that it was a wonderfully refreshing drink with lots of heat and bite from the ginger.

Sadly, the supermarkets in Singapore seem to have stopped purchasing this – supplies have more or less dwindled out in the past few months, and so I decided to try to make some at home.

Being a staple ingredient in a lot of Asian cooking, ginger and lemongrass are easily found in Singapore and also very cheap.

I made my first glass with my own cordial, and used a lemongrass stick as a stirrer.  I’m so happy that we have our ginger and lemongrass drink again, and this time without all the bottles to recycle !

Ingredients:

  1. Enough old ginger that you can fit on your palm – about 175g for me
  2. 1-2 sticks lemongrass
  3. 1 1/2 cups of sugar (you can add more or less according to your own taste)
  4. 2 cups water
  5. juice of 1 lemon

Method:

  1. Peel and finely slice the ginger
  2. Remove the tops of the lemongrass – you want the white part at the base of the stalk
  3. Bash the base of the lemongrass in your mortar and pestle, or with the back of a knife if you do not have one.  This helps to loosed the fibres and release the essential oils from the woody stem.  Slice finely
  4. Add everything into a saucepan and bring to the boil
  5. Let simmer for 20 minutes and then turn off the heat and let cool
  6. Strain and keep the liquid in a bottle in the fridge
  7. Enjoy over ice with sparkling mineral water
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About Carolyn Chan

A girl slowly eating her way around Singapore and farther afield when she's lucky. View all posts by Carolyn Chan

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