Lemongrass Simple Syrup

Infuse the tropical flavors of fresh lemongrass into your spring and summer sips! This Lemongrass Simple Syrup is packed with vibrant citrus and exotic botanical flavors perfect for lemonade, tea, cocktails, mocktails and more!

lemongrass infused simple syrup in a jar on a white countertop

The taste of fresh lemongrass doesn’t overpower the various flavors in a dish, but it does add the perfect pop of citrusy, lemony, and minty flavor to many Thai, Vitetnamese, and Indian recipes. This simple syrup recipe fuses those dynamic flavors with plenty of sugar to make lemongrass simple syrup, and it is DELICIOUS.

Lemongrass syrup is perfect drizzled over baked goods for moisture and subtle lemony flavor. It’s also a great way to brighten up mojitos, margaritas, or even a plain club soda with notes of unique citrus and herbal flavor.

To sum things up, you should make lemongrass simple syrup because:

  • You’ll only need 3 ingredients to make this exiting simple syrup flavor!
  • It adds refreshing lemon flavor to drinks (without any of the citric acid).
  • Lemongrass syrup is ideal for iced tea, lemonades, seltzers, cocktails, frozen drinks, etc.
  • It’s easy to customize with different flavors like ginger and blackberry.

Ready to learn how to make lemongrass infused simple syrup? Let’s do it!


💧Ingredients & tools

Here’s what you’ll need to make fresh lemongrass infused simple syrup from scratch:

  • Water – As the water and sugar simmer, the liquid will thicken into a syrup. To avoid bacterial growth during storage, use filtered or distilled water.
  • Sugar – Granulated sugar or caster sugar is best for syrups, as the sugar granules are tiny and dissolve quickly.
  • Lemongrass Stems – Fresh lemongrass adds subtly sweet and citrusy flavor to anything you add it to. No substitutions here!
  • Recommended tools – You’ll need a small to medium saucepan, and an airtight glass jar.
a pot with water and two pieces of lemongrass

🥣 How to make (step-by-step photos)

Step One: Cut lemongrass stems

Rinse your lemongrass stems with cool water. Then, cut the stems into 1/2 inch pieces. Set the pieces aside.


Step Two: simmer lemongrass syrup

Combine the water, sugar, and cut lemongrass stems in a small saucepan and heat over medium-high heat until water begins to boil. Then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the sugar dissolves and the syrup starts to thicken.

a saucepan with water, sugar, and two pieces of lemongrass on a white table

Step Three: Cool and store

Once the syrup thickens, remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool. Once cooled completely, pull out the lemongrass peels and pour the syrup into a glass storage container. Store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, OR pour your lemongrass simple syrup into ice cube trays and freeze for up to six months.

a glass jar with lemongrass simple syrup on a white countertop

❔Questions + quick tips

  • When shopping for fresh lemongrass, keep in mind the best tasting lemongrass stalks are pale green, sturdy and fragrant with fresh tops.
  • To make a naturally sweetened sugar syrup, feel free to use honey instead of sugar.
  • You may need to strain your syrup through a fine mesh sieve once it’s cooled to remove any stray lemongrass fibers and debris.
What does lemongrass syrup taste like?

This simple syrup infusion is mostly sweet with notes of bright citrus and herbal flavor.

Can I use lemon juice instead of lemongrass to make this?

No! Lemongrass has a unique blend of citrus and botanical flavors. However, you can use lemon juice to make lemon ginger simple syrup.

Can I buy lemongrass simple syrup?

Making homemade simple syrup is quick, easy, and so much better than store-bought, but yes, Monin lemongrass syrup is a suitable alternative.

🫐 Variations

Light and bright lemongrass pairs perfectly with a variety of flavors. Feel free to enhance your lemongrass syrup with another flavor. Try these modifications:

  • Blackberry Lemongrass Syrup – Simmer water, lemongrass, and sugar with muddled blackberries. After cooling, strain through a fine mesh sieve.
  • Ginger Lemongrass Syrup – Add 2-4 teaspoons of chopped ginger to the saucepan and remove before storing.
  • Basil (or Cilantro) Lemongrass Syrup – Add another exciting herb to the saucepan. Thai basil would be great here.

🫖 How to serve

Looking for ways to use lemongrass syrup? It’s lovely drizzled over cakes, cupcakes, and pastries for a pop of vibrant citrus flavor and added moisture.

You can also stir 2 to 3 teaspoons into any of these beverages for next-level flavor:

🍹Lemongrass simple syrup cocktails

Add this syrup to your favorite cocktails in place of lemon juice and simple syrup for a bit of a twist. Lemongrass syrup is great in:

  • Margaritas
  • Mojitos
  • Lemon Drop Martinis
  • Tom Collins
  • Sours

🧊 How to store

Refrigerator storage: Let the syrup cool completely before pouring into a glass container and refrigerating for up to 2 weeks.

Freezer storage: You can also freeze the syrup in ice cube trays. Then, transfer the frozen cubes to a freezer-safe bag and keep frozen for 6 months.

a glass bottle with simple syrup and a piece of lemongrass inside

🌿 More herb-infused simple syrup recipes

Looking for more herbal simple syrup recipes? Check these out.

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Lemongrass Simple Syrup

A Blissful Sip
This lemongrass simple syrup adds exotic citrus and sweet floral flavor to beverages, cocktails, mocktails, baked goods, and more. It's quick, easy, and delicious!
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Prep 5 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total 30 minutes
Course Simple Syrups
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings
Calories 48 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Small Saucepan
  • 1 glass jar or bottle

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup water distilled or filtered
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 pieces lemongrass stems cut into ½" pieces

Instructions
 

  • Cut the lemongrass stems into 1/2 inch pieces and set them aside.
  • Combine water, sugar, and cut lemongrass stems in a small saucepan and heat over medium-high heat until the water begins to boil (about 5 minutes).
  • Then, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the sugar dissolves and the syrup thickens (about 5 more minutes).
  • Once the syrup has thickened, remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool.
  • Once cool, remove the lemongrass peels and pour the syrup into a glass storage container. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  • OR pour the simple syrup into ice cube trays and freeze. Then, store the frozen cubes in a freezer-friendly bag for 6 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 48kcalCarbohydrates: 12gFat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 1mgSugar: 12gCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg
Keywords lemongrass cocktail syrup, lemongrass simple syrup, lemongrass syrup
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