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Authentic Thai Lemongrass Tea Recipe (Hot, Iced Tea & Cocktail)

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Iced lemongrass tea is a popular drink in Thailand and there are many ways to make it. Here is my favorite one.

Try this iced Thai lemongrass tea recipe and feel refreshed during a hot summer day!

This recipe also includes pandan leaves, ginger, and mint leaves. It is super healthy and if you live in a cold country or have the flu, you can make the hot version of it.

In this guide, I will also tell you how to make a stunning and delicious lemongrass cocktail.

iced Thai lemongrass tea


Thai lemongrass tea is made with fresh herbal ingredients. These herbs provide a fresh and delicious taste and make this tea super healthy.

Most of the ingredients should be relatively easy to find. However, if you live in a western country it might be hard to find pandan leaves. But don’t worry about that, you can just make the tea without pandan.


Lemongrass is a perennial plant that has a nice citrus flavor and many health benefits. You can easily grow it in your own garden or balcony, or just buy it from your local grocery store.

This herb is a good digestive aid and can be used to treat bloating, constipation, or indigestion. It is also full of antioxidants and is often used for losing weight and burning fat more efficiently.

In addition, lemongrass is loaded with vitamin C and antibacterial compounds, which makes it an effective remedy for colds and flu.

Pandan Leaves

Pandan is a tropical plant with fragrant leaves typically used in Southeast Asian cuisines. These leaves have also been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years.

The most important health benefits of pandan leaves are their efficacy in lowering blood pressure and controlling blood sugar levels.

They can also be used for treating rheumatism and detoxing the liver.

pandan leaves

In the US and Europe, you can find fresh pandan leaves in Southeast Asian vegetable markets. You can also order dried pandan leaves from Amazon but they are not as aromatic as the fresh ones.


Ginger is one of the healthiest herbs on the planet and its benefits and medicinal properties have been known for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine. It also gives a nice citrusy, earthy, and spicy flavor to this tea.

Ginger root contains gingerol that is a strong antioxidant and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

The science-backed health benefits of ginger include:

  • Digestion: Relieves gastrointestinal irritation and stimulates the production of bile and saliva and is one of the best herbal teas for healthy digestion.
  • Nausea: Known remedy for nausea and hangover.
  • Colds and flu: The antioxidants of ginger boost your immune system and it helps with getting rid of the inflammation in your body.
  • Cough: Ginger tea is an effective natural remedy for a cough.
  • Pain and stiffness: The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger can help with pain and stiffness.
  • Migraine headaches: Ginger can be as effective as common migraine drugs.


Mint adds some unique freshness to this recipe. You can use either peppermint or spearmint.

Peppermint has a strong pungent taste with a prominent flavor of menthol. It has a high menthol content and provides many health benefits from supporting digestion to relieving stress and headaches.

Spearmint has only a small amount of menthol but many prefer its more sweet and delicate taste. Research indicates that it can support cognitive health and working memory.

Fresh mint is widely available in groceries. Yet, if you buy it regularly, you will be spending a lot.

Consider growing the herb in your backyard or balcony, or invest in an indoor hydroponic system such as AeroGarden.


Adding a dash of fresh lime juice takes the freshness of this beverage to the next level!

And getting some more vitamin C doesn’t hurt either.

Sugar or Honey

Thai lemongrass tea is traditionally very sweet. You can also make it without any sweetener if you want to avoid them. I usually add 2 tablespoons of organic honey when I prepare my lemongrass tea.

List of ingredients for 4 servings of Thai Lemongrass Tea:

  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • 5 lemongrass stalks
  • 4 pandan leaves
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh mint leaves
  • 2 limes
  • 2-4 tbsp of sugar or honey

How to Make Iced Thai Lemongrass Tea

Preparing this refreshing iced lemongrass tea is quite easy and fast. I prefer making 4 servings at once and then storing the extra in the refrigerator.

Also, this is a perfect drink to serve your friends and family!

iced Thai lemongrass tea in a pitcher

Here is how to prepare your Thai Lemongrass Tea:

  1. Cut the lemongrass and pandan leaves into thin slices and grate the ginger.
  2. Heat the water in a saucepan until it’s boiling hot and add lemongrass, pandan leaves, ginger, and mint leaves.
  3. Simmer on a low heat for 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and add sugar or honey. Let it cool down for at least 20 minutes.
  5. Put plenty of ice into glasses and pour the tea into them through a strainer. Squeeze some lime juice into the glasses and serve with mint sprigs and lime wedges.

Instead of heating a saucepan on your stove, you can also use an electric kettle with an infuser to make things a bit easier.

Hot Lemongrass Tea

If you live in a cold country and it’s winter, you might prefer a hot version of this lemongrass tea. You can use the same method as above, but instead of 2 1/2 cups of water use 4 cups of water and enjoy it hot after steeping it.

Lemongrass Cocktail  Recipe

This lemongrass cocktail is a nice looking and refreshing drink, that is easy to make. It’s great for surprising your friends at a party!

lemongrass cocktail

Ingredients for one cocktail:

  • 1/2 cup of Thai lemongrass tea
  • 4 cl of rum or vodka
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh mint leaves
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ice

How to make it:

  1. Prepare the Thai lemongrass tea as instructed above but leave out the sugar (or honey) and set aside to cool down.
  2. Slice the lime into wedges. Add the mint leaves, lime wedges, and sugar into a glass. Use a blunt object like the handle end of a wooden spoon to crush the ingredients together properly. This will help with getting the flavor out of the mint leaves.
  3. Add the rum or vodka and then fill the glass with ice.
  4. Top with the lemongrass tea and stir with a spoon.
  5. Serve with a lime wedge and mint sprig.

Enjoy Your Refreshing Lemongrass Tea!

Go ahead and make this refreshing tea and enjoy it with your family or friends. And remember, it is not only delicious but also provides you with many health benefits.

Or why not serve the kids with this lemongrass tea and make the cocktail for the adults.

If you are going to prepare some food with the iced lemongrass tea, I can warmly recommend this tasty beef salad recipe with mango and avocado.

After you try one of these recipes, please post a comment below and tell me how you liked it!


iced thai lemongrass tea recipe

Thai Lemongrass Tea Recipe – With Pandan Leaves

Here is an authentic Thai lemongrass tea recipe that you should definitely try! This refreshing recipe also includes pandan leaves, ginger, and mint leaves.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Thai
Servings 4


  • saucepan or tea kettle
  • glasses


  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 5 lemongrass stalks
  • 4 pandan leaves
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp tablespoons of fresh mint leaves
  • 2 limes
  • 2-4 tbsp sugar or honey


  • Cut the lemongrass and pandan leaves into thin slices and grate the ginger.
  • Heat the water in a saucepan until it’s boiling hot and add lemongrass, pandan leaves, ginger, and mint leaves.
  • Simmer on a low heat for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add sugar or honey. Enjoy!
  • For ICED VERSION: Let the tea cool down to room temperature. Then add plenty of ice into each glass and pour the tea into the glasses through a strainer. Squeeze some lime juice and serve with mint sprigs and lime wedges.
Keyword healthy, lemongrass tea, refreshing, summer

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6 thoughts on “Authentic Thai Lemongrass Tea Recipe (Hot, Iced Tea & Cocktail)”

  1. Great recipe’s and a great site for those who love their tea, and that’s me. We have a huge selection of teas at home and I have just added another couple to the list, thanks for sharing this.

  2. Thank you for these recipes. That cocktail sounds amazing, but I’m wondering how a sugar-free version of it would taste. The Rum alone will be enough to bump my blood glucose, but I prefer it to Vodka. I’ll have to give this a shot this weekend.



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