Use a wooden rolling pin to beat and smash the lemongrass. Bring the water and sugar to a boil and then add the pieces of lemongrass. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Strain and discard the lemongrass.
Directions for the drink:
4 C English cucumbers, skin on and chopped
10-14 C water
1/2 C fresh lime juice
Puree the cucumbers with 2 to 4 cups of water and strain to remove any pulp. Hint: puree in batches and use a fine sieve or cheesecloth to strain solids and seeds out of the liquid.
Add the simple syrup to the strained liquid and dilute with the remaining water—adjusting water and salt to taste—then serve cold over lots of ice.
—these recipes are very easy to alter to your taste so if you have a sweet tooth, use a little more syrup. Or, if you like a thicker drink, use less water—it’s a very forgiving drink.
—remember that when blending the fruit, work in batches so the blender isn’t overloaded—and the fruit stays in it instead of all over the kitchen walls!
—make a little extra herb infused simple syrup to use in other drinks like margaritas or punches—it’ll kick them up a notch!