Lemongrass Syrup for Cocktails

You need more for cocktails than booze. You also need things like fresh fruit, various juices and syrups. The most common syrups you’ll see behind a bar are simple syrup and sweet and sour. And at other places you might even see some honey syrup or lemongrass syrup.

lemongrass syrup

What’s lemongrass syrup you ask? Well, that’s what I’m here to tell you about today.

Lemongrass is an herb native to Asia and India. It has a subtle citrusy flavor and is is widely used in Thai and Vietnamese dishes.

fresh lemongrass

It can usually be found fresh in stores or as a dried herb. I’ve seen it sold at Whole Foods and at my local co-op.

It’s claimed that lemongrass has many health benefits because it has anti-oxidant and disease preventing properties.

lemongrass simple syrup

I don’t know about you, but I’m all for adding healthy ingredients into my cocktails. Although, this lemongrass might not be as healthy as a cup of lemongrass tea thanks to the sugar. But let’s ignore that for now.

strained lemongrass

Basically, lemongrass syrup is simple syrup made with pieces of lemongrass. It’s really easy to make so you don’t have to worry about making a big batch at one time. Just make enough for the cocktails you are going to drink within a week or two.

lemongrass syrup for cocktails

How to make Lemongrass Syrup for cocktails


1 cup sugar

1 cup water

2 stalks of fresh lemongrass


Remove the outer layer of lemongrass stalks and discard. Cut the remaining lemongrass into pieces.

Mix equal parts water and sugar same as simple syrup in a pot.

Add the chopped lemongrass.

Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat.

Simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Cool and pour in a jar with a lid. I typically use a mason jar.

Label with name and date and store in the fridge. 

To help your lemongrass syrup last a little bit longer, add a spoonful of vodka once cool.

Once it’s done, put the syrup to good use in a Strawberry Hibiscus Cocktail or a Spicy Thai Chili Margarita.


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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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  • Ulises September 8, 2016, 3:08 pm

    Very nice!


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