It is such a blessing to be in a country where Pandan is so abundant. Its fragrant leaves naturally de-odorise my car and my entire apartment, and equally appealing is boiling it in water for a super-water. It lends a flowery essence without affecting the actual taste of the water. For those who find drinking water a bit boring, this simple step does wonders to one’s hydration habits.
And when lemongrass comes into the picture, it becomes a delicate-tasting potion to aid in digestion, as well as ease headaches and fevers.
What you see at the bottom of the glass is homemade pre-sweetened ginger cubes, which I made by boiling young ginger stem in a bit of water and lots of brown sugar for a really long time to create a spicy syrup. As much as it was a fantastic syrup, I found it to be a painstaking process to attain. So in this recipe, I’ve included the ginger in as part of the overall tea-making process, and as an optional ingredient, since the tea also stands very well without it.
PANDAN LEMONGRASS COOLER
An easy-to-make beverage to cool down on a hot day. Drink hot or over ice.
- 1 L of water
- 2-3 pandan leaves, tied into a knot
- 2 lemongrass stalks
- 2cm stem of ginger (optional)
- brown sugar to taste
- Step 1 Twist lemongrass stalks until they snap in a few places. Pound ginger to release juice.
- Step 2 Heat up water in a pot together with pandan, lemongrass and optional ginger. Leave at boiling point for 10 minutes.
- Step 3 Serve immediately with sugar to taste, or allow to cool and store in the fridge and drink within 24 hours.
2 thoughts on “Pandan Lemongrass Cooler”
Thanks, fo this post! I was wondering how I can add my pandan leaves as I have a few lying around. I was going to prepare lemongrass drink so it came in so useful!
I don’t have ginger though.
Hi there Bee! I’m so glad you have found this recipe to put those pandan leaves to good use! I’ve made this recipe without ginger too, and still works perfectly. Hope you enjoy it too!