The combination of mint, lime and lemongrass can only mean this drink is going to be so refreshing!  Serve it as a non alcoholic pre-dinner drink or as a thirst quencher on hot days. It is most refreshing after a heavy meal.

Lime And Lemongrass Infused Mint Cooler

Prep: 15 minutes 
Cook: 20 minutes (largely unattended(
Inactive: 10 minutes
Level: Easy
Makes: ~1.58 US quart (1.5 litres) cordial
Oven Temperature:
Can recipe be doubled? Yes.
Make ahead? Yes. Keeps well in sterilised bottles in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. It can also be frozen in ice cube trays.

Ingredients

5 cups water
4  fat lemongrass
1 cup lime juice
4 cups mint (any kind, stalks and leaves)
3 and 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons citric acid*
Top the cordial with any of these
Soda Stream**
seltzer/soda water/sparkling mineral water
* Gives a nice tart flavour. Available at baking supply stores and some supermarkets. Find out more about this natural ingredient in my post, Crisp Lemon Cookies.
**
My soda making machine, ‘Soda Stream’, is one of my favourite kitchen equipment. It makes the most bubbly sparkling water.


Method 

1. Over high heat, bring 5 cups water to boil in a pot.
2. As soon as the water comes to a boil, smash the 4 lemongrass, add to boiling water and boil on high 5 minutes.
3. Reduce heat to medium-high and simmer for 15 minutes.
4. Add mint (stalks and leaves), turn off the heat and let it steep for 10 minutes.

5. Transfer, the lemongrass, mint and only 1/2 cup of the liquid into a food processor. Keep the rest of the liquid in the pot aside for the moment.
6. When the lemongrass, mint and 1/2 cup liquid has cooled enough (so that it will be safe for you to start the machine), use the ‘PULSE’ function of your food processor to get the grinding started and then progress to grinding it for a full minute.


7. Remember the liquid in the pot that was set aside earlier?  Pour that into the food processor. Do not turn on the machine as the liquid will still be very hot. Just use a fine-hole strainer to strain the green liquid into a clean vessel. Discard the solids.
8. Add the sugar, lime juice and citric acid and stir to dissolve. The acids will turn the liquid a less vibrant colour.
9. Transfer into sterilised bottles and cap.

To serve
1. Pour required amount into glasses and top with Soda Stream/seltzer/soda water/sparkling mineral water.
2. Add ice cubes and garnish with sprigs of mint and lime slices.

Tips

Give bottled cordials away
There is a lot of cookie and cake giving during the festive period and not enough of other homemade goodies.

Bottled cordials are very well received as it is “not another jar of cookie” and hardly enough people think of giving them. Expect nothing less than much appreciated delight and surprise when you present it to your family and friends. I save up pretty bottles to bottle cordials. It is a good way to reuse what you already have and reduce our carbon footprints. Any advertising on the bottle that bothers you (usually found on the cap) can be covered with festive themed stickers or just cut some paper up, doodle a christmas design on it and glue them on the cap.

WHAT’S COMING UP NEXT?

Another drink option for your year-end festive celebrations that I had concocted especially for guests who are not into alcohol, my Osmanthus And Apricot Drink With Konjac Jelly.

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