Addictive Fresh Lemongrass Tea

Dive into a symphony of zesty, aromatic flavors with our Fresh Lemongrass Tea, a drink where each sip is a blend of citrusy magic, subtly sweet notes, and a hint of tropical bliss. It’s not just tea; it’s a day brightener, and oh-so-addictive! Prepare to be enchanted.

Lemongrass iced tea in clear glasses.

I love how the lemongrass infuses the tea with its citrusy and slightly minty nuances. It’s such a unique flavor that’s both invigorating and soothing at the same time. The added sugar is just enough to provide a touch of sweetness without overpowering the herbal notes. If you add the lime wheels, they add a tangy kick that I find really complements the overall taste.

Hot Lemongrass tea in a clear tea cup.

Hot or iced, a cup of lemongrass tea is my go-to for recharging on a busy or tiring day. It’s the kind of beverage that makes you smile as the steam rises from your cup or as you sip it chilled on a hot afternoon.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for Lemongrass Tea on a table.

In addition to water, these few ingredients make a delicious Lemongrass Tea:

  • Lemongrass Stalks: The star of the show, lemongrass adds a citrusy, slightly minty, and uniquely aromatic flavor to the tea.
  • Sugar: This sweetens the tea just enough to balance the herbal and citrus notes of the lemongrass.
  • Lime Wheels for Garnish (Optional): These are not just for looks; adding lime wheels can introduce a tangy element that pairs beautifully with the lemongrass, just like in my Thai Style Limeade.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How to Make Lemongrass Tea

Step #1: Bring the water to a boil over high heat in a medium saucepan.

Water boiling in a pot.

Step #2: Add the lemongrass and boil rapidly for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the tea for an additional 5 minutes.

Lemongrass cooking in boiling water.

Step #3: Strain the stalks from the liquid. Stir in the sugar until dissolved.

Straining lemongrass stalks from the lemongrass tea.

Step #4: Serve warm, or chill in the refrigerator and pour over ice.

Two cups of Iced Lemongrass Tea.

Lemongrass is one of my favorite Thai flavors. I keep a zipper bag of leftover lemongrass in my freezer, so I decided to pull it out and make use of the stems that are too rough for mincing (like for Vietnamese Vermicelli Bowl).

How to Use Lemongrass

Lemongrass pieces on a cutting board.

Alright, so in the picture above, you’ll see (from left to right): tough end pieces, tender root pieces, and trimmed “grocery-store-herb-section” lemongrass root.

Many people want to know how to use lemongrass. I like to buy big bunches of lemongrass at my local Asian supermarket and keep it in the freezer. I use the tender root pieces for curries, and save the tough end stalks for making this lemongrass tea recipe!

Use the tender stalks for for soups like my Thai Tom Kha Gai (Chicken Coconut) Soup.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Lemongrass tea have caffeine in it?

Lemongrass tea is caffeine free. Unlike black tea, green tea, and other traditional teas which contain caffeine, lemongrass tea is an herbal tea made from the leaves of the lemongrass plant.

How can I make my tea sweeter?

Feel free to add more sugar or try adding honey or stevia to reach your desired sweetness level.

Can I add other herbs to this tea?

Certainly! Mint, basil, or even slices of ginger will add interesting layers of flavor.

Can I use brown sugar instead of white sugar?

Yes, you can use brown sugar for a deeper, molasses-like sweetness.

Can I add lemon juice or lime juice to the tea?

Yes, adding citrus juice can enhance the tangy notes and add extra zing.

Can I add tea leaves to make it a “real” tea?

Yes, you can brew some green or black tea separately and mix it with the lemongrass infusion if you’d like.

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This Fresh Lemongrass Tea recipe is easy to make and oh-so-addictive!

Addictive Fresh Lemongrass Tea Recipe

This Fresh Lemongrass Tea recipe is easy to make and oh-so-addictive!
4.5 from 414 votes
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Course: Beverages
Cuisine: Thai
Diet: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 43kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups roughly chopped lemongrass stalks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Lime wheels for garnish - optional
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Instructions

  • Bring the water to a boil over high heat in a medium saucepan.
  • Add the lemongrass and boil rapidly for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the tea for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Strain the stalks from the liquid. Stir in the sugar until dissolved.
  • Serve warm, or chill in the refrigerator and pour over ice.

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NOTES

This recipe calls for roughly chopping the lemongrass stalks. So, what does that mean? If something is to be finely chopped, the pieces should be smaller than bite sized, and for roughly chopped, the pieces should be slightly bigger than the finely chopped size.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 6mg | Sugar: 6g

 

Please note that this lemongrass tea recipe can also be spelled lemon grass tea recipe.

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  1. 3 stars
    TOO MUCH SUGAR… no wonder you are addicted to it. i used half the sugar & that was still too much. i’ll be using maybe 2 T of sugar next time.

  2. 5 stars
    OH, YUM!!! It is the end of October and I was in my garden harvesting my most tender items as frost is knocking at our door. I opted to harvest a few stalks of lemongrass with the intent to look for a lemongrass soap recipe. Luckily for me I found this one first. Since it’s chilly here, I made lemongrass tea and chose to enjoy it warm, with a little bit of honey from my bees. IT’S MY NEW FAVORITE THING!!! Thanks!!!