The Asian influence of our Lemongrass Tea fragrance just can’t be ignored. It is earthy, and herbal with hints of fresh lemon and ginger. So perfect to convert to a cocktail.
As I was walking through the liqueur section of my favorite store, searching for inspiration ….there it was right in front of me, a bottle of Absolute Wild Tea Vodka. I could not wait to get it home and open the cap to see what it smelled like. The black tea fragrance is unmistakable.
I was lucky enough to find some fresh lemongrass at an area farmer’s market, but it is easily available at many supermarkets or Asian grocery stores. If you cannot find it, frozen lemongrass stalks will work just fine. The resulting simple syrup is wonderful. Keep this in the refrigerator to add to other cocktails as well as your iced tea, hot tea, and lemonade. Or simply drizzle over fresh fruit for a perfect dressing.
On a whim, I decided to add some black pearl tapioca to give it a fun feel of bubble tea from your favorite Thai tea shop. But, it can also be garnished with a stalk of lemongrass or just a lemon slice.
The supermarket is full of prepared Asian appetizers and sushi. Or stop by your favorite ethnic restaurant and get some carry out to reheat. This can be a real time saver. You can make your carry- in seem fresh made with the addition of some chopped fresh scallions and fresh herbs.
- 2 ounces Wild Tea Vodka (Absolute)
- 1 ounce Lemongrass Simple Syrup*
- 1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice. Pour vodka, lemongrass simple syrup, and lemon juice over ice. Shake until very cold. Pour into chilled glass. Garnish with fresh lemongrass, lemon slices or black pearl tapioca.
- *Lemongrass Simple Syrup
- stalks fresh lemongrass
- cup sugar
- cup water
- Remove the outer leaves from the lemongrass. Chop into 1” pieces. Place in saucepan with sugar and water. Heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 1 hour. Strain out the lemongrass. Pour into a jar and refrigerate.