Exotic Lemongrass Drink
Lemongrass drink known as “Nam Ta Krai” is Thailand’s famous herbal drink. It has several medicinal properties and is commonly used in health, spas and hospitality industries throughout Thailand.
Due to its long list of benefits, lemongrass is traditionally used to relieve flatulence, indigestion, gastric irritability and cholera. It also helps release cough and nasal congestion.
The decoction is the easiest and popular method to make this exotic drink. For best health benefits, it is recommended to drink a decoction after freshly brewed.
To make a drink, simply cut fresh stems into 2-3 inches and slightly smash with a heavy object as its essential oil can evaporate. Boil with drinking water and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve hot as tea or cold with crush ice. Brown sugar can be added as flavoring if desired. The drink can be refrigerated for up to 2 days, for optimal freshness.
Sometime fresh lemongrass can be difficult to find in oversea markets. I recommend dried lemongrass as it has a long shelf life and is very easy to keep and use.
Coming soon “MyShop” where you can purchase dried lemongrass product.
For more tropical flavors, you may optionally add pandan leaves, known as Bai Toey in Thai, during decoction of lemongrass. Pandan leave has a distinctive fragrance and is widely used as flavoring and coloring for Thai desserts, food and drinks.
Pandan leave is normally available fresh in Thailand and is commonly found frozen in oversea markets. It is recommended to wash and rinse the leaves before use.
Preparation: 20 minutes
Dried lemongrass 1 cup (or 1 ½ cup for a stronger flavor) or 5-6 stalks of fresh lemongrass
Drinking water 10 cups
Pandan leaves 2-3 leaves (optional)
Brown sugar (optional)
Let's get started!
How to make:
- Bring water to boil, and then add the dried lemongrass, and pandan leaves if desired.
- Continue simmer for 15 minutes.
- Discard the dried lemongrass and/or pandan leaves. Add brown sugar if needed.
- Serve hot as tea or cold with crush ice.
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