Lemongrass & Basil Soda

Citrusy lemongrass and sweet basil make this simple soda feel extra special.
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lemongrass and basil soda

Recipe by Joe Piccirillo

Start to Finish: 20 minutes

Servings: Makes 2 glasses


  • 3 stalks lemongrass

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup (packed) fresh basil, plus more leaves for garnish

  • 2 oz. fresh lime juice

  • 8 oz. club soda


Trim bottom 5 inches of lemongrass stalks; reserve 2 top pieces for garnish. Remove and discard tough outer layers from bottom pieces. Roughly chop bottom pieces. In small saucepan, bring 1 cup water, chopped lemongrass, sugar, and 1/4 cup basil to boil over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer lemongrass syrup for 10 minutes. Using fine-mesh strainer, strain syrup. Refrigerate until cool. Divide lemongrass syrup, lime juice, and club soda between 2 glasses filled with ice; stir. Garnish with basil and reserved lemongrass pieces.