When I had a guest for the weekend several weeks ago now, I wanted to have something we could keep drinking that was cooling, delicious beyond words and all natural, of course! :D
The magic to making new things is simply looking around and seeing what you have on hand and making something up and that is what I did. I had lots of lime, and that was nice, but it needed something else. I happen to be in love with lemongrass again, because the scent of the fresh lemongrass is truly intoxicating, and my guest also had fallen in love with it one day she had come into my house and smelled it diffusing the air when I had some simmering on the stove. So lemongrass had to go in too.....limes and lemongrass sounded delish, so I decided to combine them and it turned out to be a magical delish summer drink!
Perfect for Summer!
Here is the recipe, you will want to make this lovely cold iced tea, enjoy!
You will need a beautiful dispenser.
A "handfull" of fresh lemongrass.
A half cup of organic sugar.
2 caps fuls or 3, of Cortas Orange Blossom Water, available at Greek, Italian, Indian, Mid-Eastern stores.
Around 9 limes juiced and a bit of zest from one.
A gallon of pure water.
I cut around this much from the plant above. Its around an inch in diameter when the grass is held together.
I cut it to fit into the pot with some frozen lemongrass bases, smashed and also cut, from lemongrass I had from last years plant. I opened the gallon of water and added it to the pot and when the pure distilled water came to a boil, I turned it off, kept covered to keep the precious scented oils in the tea and not diffused into the air, for around 20 minutes as I prepared the rest.
I juiced around 9 limes and even used a bit of zest. The juice and zest went into the tea dispenser.
I added the rest of the gallon of water, then half cup organic sugar and two caps or 3, using the cap of the bottle itself, of my secret, Orange Blossom Water.....yum O!!! Mixed that up.............
and when the lemongrass tea was cooled, I removed the leaves and added the tea to the dispenser
Mixed it well and taste test. You can adjust the flavors to your liking at this point, adding more Orange Blossom Water or sugar or Lime or lemongrass tea, whatever your preference for flavors are but when it comes to the lemongrass, better more than less. Then I poured some of that mixed Lemongrass Limeade into ice trays to make ice cubes. I use the tea itself for ice making.
When they were frozen, I thought I'd add one tray to the dispenser and kept the other to add to the glass. It didn't quite work out that way LOLOL.....I don't really need it that cold and my friend loved eating the ice on its own. But I did make another batch and added the two trays to the dispenser. It is a beautiful light green color and sits in the refridgerator and whenever we want something beautifully citrussy and blossomy we go in for the Lemongrass Limeade! My neighbor was amazed at the scent of it and then how the taste finished off that first blush of blossomy scent. This one is a keeper!
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