Healthy Lemongrass Drink

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Fragrant lemongrass drink

Fragrant lemongrass drink

Lemongrass, called serai in Malaysia, is an important ingredient in many Malaysian, Vietnamese and Thai and other South East Asian cuisines. This beautiful herb is very easy to grow in tropical countries. It carries a very aromatic, lemony scent with a little hint of ginger that gives a dish a very fine, lovely fragrance that lingers on in your mind even many hours after a meal.

There are various health benefits of lemongrass. It cleanses and detoxifies the various digestive organs. It lowers uric acid, cholesterol, excess fats and other toxins in the body while stimulating digestion and blood circulation.

I have just bought a big packet of lemon grass the other day to make more Thai dishes. My family really loves the Thai Pumpkin, Prawn and Coconut Soup and also the Thai Chicken Coconut Soup. They are really delicious. The lemon grass reminded me of a lemon grass cordial that a friend served me. She liked it very much but I wasn’t very keen on it. I would prefer to make a simple tea out of it. Here’s my simple lemongrass drink recipe to share. It tastes really good and refreshing. In fact the whole house smells so refreshing when you are boiling this drink.

5 stalks lemon grass
3 screw pine (pandan) leaves
4C water
80g rock sugar (adjust to taste)



Use the lower portion, the white part, of lemon grass, maybe about 6 inches. Wash it and pound it lightly.

Screw pine leaves (or pandan leaves)

Screw pine leaves (or pandan leaves)

Wash the pandan leaves and tie them into a knot.

Lemongrass drink in the pot

Lemongrass drink in the pot

Put everything in a pot and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.

Rock sugar

Rock sugar

Add in the rock sugar and continue to simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the fire. Serve it warm or cold. It tastes really good. You can get rock sugar from Asian shops. Use the normal sugar if you can’t find it.

Do you like lemongrass in your cooking? Have you ever tried this lemongrass drink? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other healthy drinks that you may be interested in:
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Divina  on November 11th, 2009

I love lemongrass and the aroma it brings to the dish. It is also a great aromatherapy oil for massage. I would like mine with ginger on my lemongrass tea but this is surely a great way to detoxify our bodies.

3hungrytummies  on November 11th, 2009

This is just what I need right now ! Thanks!!

Trissa  on November 11th, 2009

Hi Mary
I think in the Philippines we used to drink iced tea with lemongrass but I never knew how to make it… I think with some ice and a tea bag this would do the trick. Thanks!

Mary  on November 11th, 2009

@Divina - Thanks for sharing. This is the first time I made lemongrass drink. The next time I make it, I’m going to add some ginger. I’m sure it tastes great and will keep me warm.

@3hungrytummies - I think you can try now. If you keep some lemongrass and pandan leaves in your freezer, making this drink would be so easy.

@Trissa - That sounds very good too. Wow…I have more lemongrass recipes to try now. Thanks for sharing.

laval  on November 11th, 2009

thank for this recipe .
on my island here we are use with lemongras but we
drink it if someone get cold a starting a is
also burn and use as repelant for insects.

The Cooking Ninja  on November 11th, 2009

I love this drink. Can use honey as alternative to normal sugar.

Mary  on November 11th, 2009

@laval - Thanks for sharing. I would really like to drink more often now….so many health benefits and also such a lovely drink. I must share with my friends to use it as mosquito repellent. That’s very new to me.

@The Cooking Ninja - Thanks for adding. I think the next time I make this drink, I’m going to add ginger, tea and honey…from everyone’s sharing here…and try it out. It may turn out to be the best drink ever :))

Shirley  on November 11th, 2009

As Divina shared a dash of ginger and I think a dash of lime also would add flavour. Lemon grass oil is used in India as insect repellent.

Drick  on November 11th, 2009

looking at this picture and reading the benefits makes me want to go out to the asian market and find these ingredients…..the pandan is the only thing I do not know if they carry…

cheah  on November 11th, 2009

Great blog. Haven’t tried lemon grass drink before. Have you ever tried Aloevera drink? I have and it’s nice and refreshing.

Mary  on November 11th, 2009

@Shirley - Thanks for sharing. Adding lime sounds good. I have to try that too.

@Drick - This is really a very lovely drink that you must try. I really love it and will cook often. Pandan leaves are long and dark green and smells fragrant. I hope you can get that. It gives added aroma.

@Cheah - Thanks for your compliment. Hope you try this lemongrass drink. It’s very good. I have not tried aloevera drink. Haven’t seen the plant here.

Olive  on November 11th, 2009

what a healthy drink.. and fragrant too :) I would love to try this, and the easy version Trissa suggested :) Thanks for sharing Mary!

joylicious  on November 11th, 2009

You know I’ve had lemongrass sitting in my fridge for two weeks now and haven’t thought of a use for it! I will go out and search for some pandan leaves at the asian market today, if I am unable to find it do you have any suggestions for a substitution?

Mary  on November 11th, 2009

@Olive - Hope you will it a try. I really like it. I’m going to try out the various ways shared here.

@Joylicious - If you can’t find it, then my best suggestion is to omit it. It will still stand well on its own. Pandan leaves gives that extra fragrance. You can actually freeze the lemon grass. That’s what I always do.

Simply Life  on November 11th, 2009

Oh that looks so refreshing!

Jeannie  on November 11th, 2009

I have 2 bushes of lemon grass in my compound and usually cut off the tips so they emit their fragrant smell and I believe that help to keep the mosquitoes away. It is the main ingredient used to make the mosquitoes repellent. It’s also known as citronella.

Kathy Gori  on November 11th, 2009

I am totally set for this, i’ve got everything but the pandan leaves..closest I’ve got is screwpine essence which i use a lot…can that substitute?? or should i go on a pandan hunt.

Rochelle (Acquired Taste)  on November 11th, 2009

Again, I’ve never had lemon grass, but from the description of it, I can almost smell/taste it!

3hungrytummies  on November 12th, 2009

I did make some today, it is great!!!!

Mary  on November 12th, 2009

@Simply Life - Thanks for comment. Hope you try it soon.

@Jeannie - oooh….I can imagine the lovely smell all around your house. Your neighbours must be very thankful to you :)Thanks for sharing.

@Kathy Gori - I have not tried with pandan essence but I would not substitute with it. The real pandan leaves gives a very natural fragrance. Try to hunt for it. If you can find it, buy more and keep them in your freezer.There are so many uses for it, even in rice.

@Rochelle - If you love Thai food, you will love this drink. I love it very much, just so refreshing and so full of lovely fragrance.

@3hungrytummies - wow….that’s fast. Great to know you love it. I want to cook again.

Amber @ Native Food and Wine  on November 12th, 2009

I’m going to Singapore in a couple of months. Do you think this would be available from a vendor there? I won’t have a kitchen to make anything but it sounds delicious.

Amber @ Native Food and Wine

Mary  on November 12th, 2009

@Amber - I’m sure you can get lots of this at supermarket or vendors when you are in Singapore. Sounds like you want to buy and put in your room for the smell…good idea too. I love the smell.

foodlovee  on November 12th, 2009

I love the aroma of lemon grass.It’s like must in Thai cooking.
Amber,If looking for this drink, I don’t think you will find it easily.But if looking for lemon grass no problem easily available everywhere.

deeba  on November 12th, 2009

Oh this is just so intriguing. It’s a lovely drink Mary…fab!

kristy  on November 12th, 2009

Had never tried this before. But I’m sure it taste wonderful. I can sense it with my eyes lol. haha…

penny aka jeroxie  on November 12th, 2009

I love the aroma of the lemongrass. I had a more unhealthy version - lemongrass martini :|

Mary  on November 12th, 2009

@deeba - It’s the first time I made and first time I tried….already madly in love with it…very happy

@Kristy - Oh…you must try this drink. So much lemongrass on your side…you can make it as often as you can. If not, send all over….hehe

@Penny - Aha…you naughty girl. But I would also if I could :(

Danielle  on November 12th, 2009

Looks soooooo healthy! I love the taste of lemongrass especially with ginger. What might I use if I can’t find screw pine leaves. Is there something that might be close?

Mary  on November 12th, 2009

@Danielle - Yes, this is a healthy drink. I have yet to try it out with ginger. I really hope you can get screw pine leaves. I can’t think of a substitute. You can get them in Oriental shops , especially Malaysian or Thai shops. Give a try. It’s worth your effort hunting for them.

joylicious  on November 12th, 2009

Thank you for your help Mary, I will definitely try this drink tonight!

Mary  on November 12th, 2009

@Joylicious - You are most welcome. Hope you like it. It has a lot of health benefits.

Bone  on May 23rd, 2010

Please, let ,m\me know how I prepare lemon drinks Thanks

Mary  on May 23rd, 2010

@Bone - Thanks for visiting. The usual way I make lemon drink is lemon juice, sugar, water, ice and a pinch of salt. You can adjust according the sugar to your taste.

elbylowe  on November 12th, 2010

I am taking lemon grass and pandan leaves drinks for about two months now. I now can enjoy my meal with seafoods and not to worry anymore about gout. Yes! It does cut down on uric acid.

I strongly recommend those who had complaints about gout, try drinking lemon grass and pandan leaves drink.

Mary  on November 25th, 2010

@elbylowe - Thanks very much for visiting and sharing the benefit of drinking lemon grass and pandan leaves drink. I would really love to try that and share with my friends :D

flo  on January 19th, 2011

I first drank this drink in a Viet restaurant and fell in love wth it. Tried on my own but somehow didn’t turn out well.

Thanks to both your advise and Picts (speaks a thousand words). Voila. It came out right :)

Oh, yes, i added a few slices of ginger in it too (a bit too much though. I guess 2 tiny slices suffice)

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