Lemongrass Gin and Tonic with Homemade Lemongrass Simple Syrup

This past Saturday, a visit to the Forsyth Park farmers’ market yielded a surprise! Not only did I find just dug turnips with greens still attached (still trying to like them), shiny green jalapeños, and thick spring onions, but also, a nice bunch of lemongrass. Since then, I’ve been racking my brain to find a suitable recipe that I could whip up fast with ingredients on hand. When I found a recipe for a lemongrass simple syrup, I had half the battle won. Thinking back to last week when my friends from England visited, we had enjoyed our usual G&T’s every afternoon. How would a lemongrass gin and tonic taste? Actually, the finished product was superb gin and tonic with just a hint of lemony ginger overtones.

Lemongrass Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, tough outer leaves stripped, green part only, sliced

1. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, water  and sliced lemongrass. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and cook 2-3 minutes, or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let sit 10 minutes. Pour into a fine strainer, discard lemongrass and let syrup cool. If desired, add lemongrass stalks cut to fit in a 1 cup capacity jar and pour syrup over. Refrigerate. Use within a week.

Lemongrass Gin and Tonic

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 5 ounces tonic water
  • 1/2 ounce lemongrass simple syrup
  1. Mix gin, tonic water and lemongrass syrup. Add several ice cubes to a drink glass and pour gin mixture over ice cubes. Garnish with a lemongrass stalk or a slice of lemon or lime. Makes one drink.

This is my entry to  BWW #50, hosted by Haalo of Cook (almost) Anything at Least OnceBlack and White Wednesday-A Culinary Gallery is the brainchild of Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook.  I’m beginning to only think of food in a monochrome sense now, so I’m definitely hooked! Susan’s inaugural post here and host line-up here.

Shadow of Lemongrass in Hand

Lemongrass Stalks in Sepia

Lemongrass G&T in Sepia


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  1. manken
    September 19, 2012 / 7:25 am

    Great post! Where can I find glass like the ones the gin and tonic is served in?

  2. Simona
    September 19, 2012 / 4:08 pm

    I like all the photos, particularly the one of the lemongrass stalk: the textures are really intriguing.

  3. mother
    September 20, 2012 / 6:44 am

    Buonissimo questo tonico!!!Purtroppo non riesco a trovare il lemongrass, ottimo anche per alcune ricette Thai.Ciao, Mother.

  4. Lynne Daley
    September 24, 2012 / 10:40 am

    Manken-the glasses are Waterford bought in England many years ago.Simona, thanksmother-lemongrass is hard to find here, too, but easy to grow although not very cold hardy. Thanks.

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