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 !
- Enough old ginger that you can fit on your palm – about 175g for me
- 1-2 sticks lemongrass
- 1 1/2 cups of sugar (you can add more or less according to your own taste)
- 2 cups water
- juice of 1 lemon
- Peel and finely slice the ginger
- Remove the tops of the lemongrass – you want the white part at the base of the stalk
- 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
- Add everything into a saucepan and bring to the boil
- Let simmer for 20 minutes and then turn off the heat and let cool
- Strain and keep the liquid in a bottle in the fridge
- Enjoy over ice with sparkling mineral water