Another recipe from Chad Austin.
I was playing around in the kitchen, and thought to myself, “does this have a use in any cocktails? I bet it does!”
I was using lemongrass in something, and that was what I was thinking about.
I love everything about lemongrass. The smell is so kinda clean and fresh. The flavour- well, the word exotic comes to my mind.
Growing it here isn’t an option. It used to grow kind of wild in our garden in Sydney, but here you have to buy it. It’s fairly easy to find here. Some of you may know it’s where citronella oil comes from. But it has a much more fragrant smell, when it’s fresh. Like lemon, only different.
Lemongrass is used in various cultures to protect against evil, spiritually clean a house, and to bring good luck in love affairs.
Unfortunately it’s not cleaning my house. It better lift its game.
And at my age, other than the one I have, I don’t need a love affair. It would just complicate things.
Unless it’s a love affair with a new puppy.
So anyway, I looked in Chad’s book, and there it was.
The recipe for the Lemongrass syrup is
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 lemongrass stalks, finely chopped.
Heat the water with the sugar and finely chopped stalks. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Cool, then strain.
I add about 20ml of vodka, because it doesn’t alter the taste, as a stabiliser.
Chad’s recipe was double the amount, but I scaled it down. Seriously, how much syrup can you use at home.
You could do a half water and sugar, and 1 lemongrass stalk, if you want the smaller version.
Then to the drink
60ml White Rum- Flor de Casa 4yr extra Seco
30ml Fresh Lime Juice-a whole lime
15ml Passionfruit Liqueur- I had
15ml Coconut Cream-Coconut Real, I found!
15ml Lemongrass Syrup
Add all ingredients EXCEPT Soda Water to shaker. Shake with crushed ice. Add soda water, then dump into a goblet ( or a stemmed Pilsner Glass) 😉
Mint sprig/s and coconut flakes
I toasted mine for some extra colour contrast