Citrus-flavored and refreshing, lemon grass, when infused with boiling water, makes a tart-flavored drink. This tropical herb is commonly used to flavor Asian-styled dishes, but it can work to make a great cup of teas as well. Adding other herbs and seasonings can boost the flavor profile of your tea, but the lemon zing will predominate. Make this tea with honey to soothe a sore throat or drink it to cleanse the palate and awaken your taste buds.
Things You'll Need
Trim off the ends of 2 lemon grass stalks with a sharp knife on a cutting board.
Turn the knife so it is parallel with the cutting board. Bruise the stalks by pressing the flat of the knife firmly against the stalks. Cut the stalks in half crosswise.
Place the stalks into a small sauce pan and cover with 3 cups of cold water. Add 1 stick of cinnamon and a 1/2 tsp. of ground cardamom.
Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Turn off the heat and allow it to steep for eight to 10 minutes.
Pour the mixture through a fine sieve to strain. Add honey or sugar to taste.
Add 1/4 tsp. of ground star anise or ground cloves for added flavor.
Use potholder when working with hot stove to avoid injury.
References and Resources"Martin Yan's China"; Martin Yan; 2008
Epicurious; "Iced Lemongrass Tea"; Gourmet; 2004
Old Fashion Living; Growing and Using Lemongrass; Brenda Hyde