3 c water
2 c sugar
1 stalk lemongrass, trimmed and cut into 3-inch lengths
3 oz. fresh ginger, smashed
1 large lemon, juiced
1/4 vanilla bean
Soda water
Additional granulated sugar for glasses


Combine water and sugar in medium-size saucepan; stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemongrass, ginger, lemon juice and vanilla bean. Bring to boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let steep overnight. Strain through chinois or fine mesh strainer.

To serve, fill chilled bar shaker halfway with ginger syrup. Top with equal amount of soda water. Strain into sugar-rimmed glasses and serve.


Preparation time: 24 minutes