Ginger-Lemongrass Soda

Serving Size: 6
Total Time:


  • 0.5 cup thinly sliced peeled ginger
  • 4 plump stalks of fresh lemongrass, cut into 2-inch lengths and smashed, plus stalks for garnish
  • 6 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • lemon wheels, for serving
  • ice cubes, for serving


In a medium saucepan, combine the sliced ginger with the smashed lemongrass and 4 cups of the water and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the sugar. Cover and let the ginger-lemongrass syrup steep off the heat until cool, about 2 hours.

Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard the ginger and lemongrass. Stir in the lemon juice and the remaining 2 cups of water. Refrigerate until chilled.

Make the soda according to the manufacturers' directions. Serve in tall glasses over ice, garnished with lemon wheels and lemongrass stalks.