The lemongrass iced tea you see in the photo was made from fresh lemongrass stalks. The stalks were boiled, allowed to infuse and cooled. Then, I added honey, slices of lemon and orange, and ice.
See, we stay away from powdered drinks. Not for any of the scary reasons circulating on the internet but because of a gory personal experience. When the girls were very young, around four and three years old, we were huge consumers of Tang. One day, the girls decided to mix a pitcher of juice, the pitcher tipped over, tumbled down the floor, broke into smithereens and all the juice spilled on the kitchen floor. Because I was more concerned about the broken glass, I told the girls to stay put, walked over, lifted them one after the other and deposited them several meters from the accident scene. I checked their feet and legs for splintered glass and, after I was sure that they were both unscathed, I went outside, located the mop and started cleaning up.
Between the time the juice spilled and the floor mopping, there was an interval of a few minutes. To my surprise, the area where the juice had spilled appeared bleached. And I mean bleached. The white floor was whiter and the glossy surface had turned dull. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out — there was enough acid in the powdered juice drink to bleach the floor.
We started buying less powdered juice drinks and the interval got longer and longer. It took a while to wean the girls from powdered juice drinks but, in time, we were able to exorcise all forms of powdered juices from the house — including powdered ice tea mixes.
- Bruise the lemongrass stalks by lightly pounding them then cut into short pieces. Put in a pot, pour in about four cups of water, bring to the boil, simmer for a few minutes then turn off the heat. Allow the lemongrass stalks to infuse and cool.
- Strain the infusion into a pitcher, add enough honey to taste, add ice, garnish with lemon and orange slices. Stir well.
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