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Had a hoot of a time at the local county swap meet. An English lady was complaining about the cost and high degree of carbonization, fructose, aspertame, etc, of commercial soda. She did this while gulping one of the lemongrass lemonades at our booth. We use a carbonator (spelling?) there, the part of a soda machine that injects the gas, so they gave her another glass with less bubbles. She begged me to write up what I do from memory, i.e., write up a recipe, and to send it to her. Here is my recipe, using bottled seltzer, but you can do this one with carbonator, fermentation, and siphon.


Because it is that time of year!



Sparkling Lemongrass Lemonade

Lemongrass, a perennial herb from central Asia, has high levels of citral,
the pungent aromatic component in lemon peel. It gives this sparkling
lemonade a deep, rich citrus-oil flavor, reminiscent of lemon drop candy.

3 large stalks lemongrass, untrimmed and thinly sliced grass
1 2/3 cups water
3/4 chip sugar
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 large lemon

Bruise the sliced lemongrass by pounding it on
a sturdy surface with a meat mallet or a heavy
skillet. Combine the water and bruised lemon-
grass in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer
over medium heat, stirring occasionally; let
simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Add the
sugar, stirring until it dissolves, and then add
the lemon zest and juice. Bring the mixture
back to a simmer over medium-high heat, and
let simmer for 5 minutes. Then remove from
the heat, let cool for 30 minutes, and strain.
This syrup can be stored in the refrigerator
for up to 2 weeks.

TO MIX WITH SELTZER Combine the syrup and lemon juice
in a tall glass. Add the seltzer and stir just until
blended. Add ice and serve.
1/3 cup lemongrass syrup
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 cups seltzer



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Do you have, or can get bottled seltzer?


I had a pm asking where to get, stating that her store has dropping it from the shelves.


Considering how much we use, and the price increases on the soda machine large gas bottle stuff, my enclave is looking into getting a charger.


Hmmm... Maybe I should post one of the root beer recipes, one that can be made all three ways. bottle seltzer, siphon, and fermintation.



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