Refreshing Lemongrass Drink


I’ve made a good amount of barley water and boricha (roasted barley tea) this summer, and I even have vats of these (ok, ok, maybe gallons) in my fridge for when I don’t want just iced water. I’ve had enough of barley, and wanted something equally refreshing, but also different. Lemongrass drink it is! We’ve all had that $4 a glass lemongrass drink at the Thai restaurant, and little did we know that $4 will make more lemongrass drinks than you can drink in a day.


  • 2 to 3 stalks lemongrass, cut into 2-inch sections
  • 1 candied date (蜜棗) [substitute with 2 tablespoons of palm sugar or regular sugar if you can’t find this]
  • 3 pandan leaves (also known as screwpine leaves), knotted
  • 1.5 gallons water


With a pestle, lightly pound the lemongrass sections so that it releases its essential oils.

Fill a large stockpot with water, and add the lemongrass sections, candied date (or sugar) and knotted pandan leaves in the water.

*Note: This is what a candied date looks like. Yes, it is rather large.


Bring the water to boil, then turn the heat down and let the mixture simmer for about 20 minutes.

Strain away the pandan leaves and lemongrass, and cool the lemongrass drink in the fridge.

Serve and enjoy!



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