I liked – loved – this drink so much I had my friend and server at P.F. Chang's, who steered us through the night with great recommendations (drink included), ask the bartender how the drink was made: two slices of cucumber muddled in a glass, a shot of lemongrass syrup, and a shot of gin topped off with Sprite and seltzer. I started off with this formula, and after three drinks had the drink down to a science of me. Of course, size of glass, your taste preferences, and how fast or slow you want to get to par-tay will influence your hand.
Makes 1 drink, plus lemongrass syrup to spare
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 stalk lemongrass
- Place sugar and water into a small pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar crystals have dissolved.
- Slice the pale, fleshy base of lemon grass into small rounds and add to the sugar and water mixture.
- Let the syrup cool for at least 30 minutes, or longer for stronger flavoring.
1 inch of cucumber, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch rounds
3/4 shot lemongrass infused simple syrup
1 shot Hendrick's Gin
- Muddle cucumber slices in the bottom of a glass.
- Add lemongrass syrup and gin.
- Stir, and strain into a glass.
- Add ice, and top with a splash of Sprite and Seltzer.