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

Joe Piccirillo

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Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

Recipe Summary

total:
20 mins
Yield:
Makes 2 glasses
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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