Upgrade Your Water-Drinking Habit with Ginger-Lemongrass Tea

It can be a challenge to drink several glasses of water a day. Nutrition experts say you need to take your body weight in pounds, divide it in half and drink that many ounces of water. That equals… (Yikes!) a lot of H2O.

And that’s the bare minimum. If you are working out or sweating profusely due to the climate in your locale (I’m still learning to love you, Bangkok in April), your body will need more.

If the thought of drinking so much plain water makes you a little sad, why not consider an upgrade?

This tea is water, beautified. There is just enough elegance in the refreshing flavor combo of superfood ginger and healing lemongrass (and pandamus leaf if you have it – ubiquitous in Southeast Asia and also known for its restorative properties) to make this drink feel a bit special.

As there are no actual tea leaves in this recipe, “tonic,” may be more appropriate term for this beverage. When I hear that word though, sorry, but I start looking for the gin or vodka to go with it (old habits die hard). So, here in my little world, I will go on calling this beverage a “tea,” misnomer that it is, in the recipe that follows.

If you want to call it a “tonic” though, and perhaps add a shot of vodka or gin to it, be my guest.

Ginger-lemongrass Tea
My favorite way to drink this is cold over ice. It is also nice hot, though, and can work as an alternative to coffee when detoxing from caffeine.
  • 6 stalks lemongrass Trimmed and outer leaves removed
  • 1 knob ginger
  • 1-2 leaves pandamus optional, tied into knots so they fit into the pot
  • 6 cups water
  1. Bruise lemongrass stalks with a mallet or the blunt end of a knife. Chop roughly into 2-3 inch pieces.

  2. Cut the ginger into slices;  no need to peel the skin.

  3. Place lemongrass, ginger and pandamus leaves (if using) into a pot.  Add water and bring to boil, then lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain it or let the brew steep for a awhile if you prefer a stronger flavor. When it cools, pour it over ice.


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