If you like Thai cuisine, then lemongrass needs no introduction. You would already know how its tangy, citrus flavour can enhance any dish. Lemongrass has unique flavouring properties that made Asian cuisine popular all over the world. If it can do what it does to a dish, it can also liven up any beverage. Lemongrass is also widely used in cocktails and virgin drinks because of its taste as well as its health-boosting profile. Lemongrass is a popular herb that has been used in ancient medical practices as it packs a whole host of healing properties. It works just as well in a beverage while also exuding a punch of exciting flavours. Now, that summer has already set in, a refreshing cup of lemongrass-filled iced tea will be perfect to enjoy the bright weather.
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What Are The Health Benefits Of Lemongrass?
- Lemongrass contains a compound called citral that helps in easy digestion of food. It keeps all stomach problems - constipation, diarrhoea, acidity etc. - at bay.
- Many detox drinks are made with a generous amount of lemongrass because it is full of antioxidants that fight off damaging free radicals.
- Polyphenols present in lemongrass burns calories fast and promotes weight loss.
- Lemongrass is antibacterial and wards off common infections like cold, cough and fever. Moreover, it is known to lower cholesterol levels in the body and preventing heart ailments like strokes and heart attack.
Ginger Lemongrass Iced Tea Recipe
2 lemongrass sticks, cut into thin strips
2 tea bags
1 lemon, sliced
2 inch ginger
2 cups cold water
4 glasses hot water
2 tablespoons sugar
Step 1 - Pour hot, boiling water into a jar and add the teabags. Let them sit till the water cools down.
Step 2- In the other bowl of cold water, add lemongrass and ginger. Now, transfer the water into a vessel and heat on a medium heat. Let it boil till is reduced to just half a cup.
Step 3 - Add sugar and stir till it dissolves in the water.
Step 4 - Let it cool down and add to the water in the other jar sitting with teabags.
Step 5 - Drop in lemon slices and some ice cubes, and serve.
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Other than lemongrass, lemon and ginger also offer their own distinct cooling properties making this detox drink a must-try recipe in this sweltering weather.