Let’s talk about lemongrass tea. First of all, lemongrass is one of those herbs that be used for lots of different things…teas, seasoning, sweet dishes, savory dishes…you name it! It tastes like lemon, only milder…without all the harsh bitterness. The most amazing part is that it is super-super healthy for you! It is an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, detoxifier for your body, packed with vitamins and minerals, regulates blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, reduces arthritis pain….see what I mean? It’s practically a miracle! Plus…IT TASTES GREAT! How is that even possible? And if that wasn’t enough, it is really easy to grow right in your own backyard. In fact, it grows like a weed…literally! It can actually become a little invasive, so it is best to plant it in a large container to keep it from spreading. But then again, could you ever really have TOO MUCH lemongrass? I think not! One more cool fact…mosquitos HATE lemongrass….so plant pots of it everywhere! Now…let’s make some tea! This is my favorite way to use lemongrass because it is so darned simple, and it tastes wonderful. I like to make a large pot, and then store it in the refrigerator so I will have it ready for a couple of days at a time.
First, put 6 cups of water on the stove to boil. Then, you need several blades of lemongrass. I usually use about 12-15 blades. Cut them into little pieces…about 1-2 inches long works great. I use a pair of kitchen scissors for this, but you could use a knife or even regular scissors if you like. When the water begins to boil, remove it from the stove, and put the snipped lemongrass pieces into the water. Stir them around a little bit to make sure they all get wet. Then set the pot aside (away from the heat) and leave it to steep for 15 minutes. I like to stir mine a couple of times while it is steeping.
After 15 minutes, strain the tea into a bowl or pitcher using a fine strainer. You can line it with a coffee filter if your strainer is not fine enough. Now…the big decision! Do you want to drink it hot or cold? It tastes awesome BOTH ways! I love to drink it cold in the summertime with a spritz of fresh lemon and a sprig of mint….and in the winter, it is crazy good with a teaspoon of honey in a warm mug. Decisions, decisions! Either way, you are going to love it and your body is going to thank you!
Store the leftover tea in your refrigerator up to 3 days, and either serve it over ice, or reheat it in the microwave. The mild lemony flavor and amazing health benefits make this tea a real winner…any time of year! Enjoy!
“Tea is the elixir of life.” – Lao Tzu
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- ¼ cup chopped fresh lemongrass
- 6 cups water
- Honey for sweetening (optional)
- Put 6 cups water to boil on stove
- Snip fresh lemongrass stalks into short pieces, approximately 1-2" long
- When water boils, remove from heat
- Add snipped lemongrass to water
- Let lemongrass steep for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Strain leaves from liquid using fine strainer
- Serve tea warm or over ice
- Add honey to sweeten if desired