Recipe: Lime, mint and lemongrass steamer

Even in balmy weather I like to have a hot drink on the go, I don’t know why – it’s just habit I suppose! I will, however, concede that it’s not always that refreshing to drink tea constantly, but step forward my new friend – the lime, mint and lemongrass steamer, which is zingy, palete cleansing and warmly comforting all at the same time.

There isn’t so much a recipe for this, as it’s a bung-everything-in-a-mug sort of thing, but here we go anyway:

Lime, mint and lemongrass steamer

  • About 10 leaves of fresh mint
  • 1 stalk of fresh lemongrass
  • Half a lime
  • ¼ teaspoon of sugar

Boil your kettle, and while it’s boiling, use a rolling pin or the bottom of a jam jar to pound the lemongrass at the bulb end to release the lemon flavour. Add the stalk to the mug.

Squeeze the half a lime (use a fork to really break down the fibres inside) and add it to the mug with the mint leaves and top up the cup with boiling water.

Stir in a little sugar, I used about ¼ teaspoon because I don’t like my drinks that sweet, but you could add more if you like it sweeter. This would also be really nice with honey instead of sugar and ginger for a firery kick.

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