Whitney Miller’s Sparkling Lemongrass Lemonade

As Tervis gears up for football season, we’ve asked our favorite celebrity chef to curate a menu for your game-day get-togethers. This drink by Whitney Miller is sure to hit the spot, whether you’re grilling in the backyard or inside watching the game!

Entertain your guests’ tastebuds with this fruity and festive fizzy beverage. Simple lemonade is transformed with the addition of lemongrass and sparkling water.

Sparkling Lemongrass Lemonade

Lemongrass simple syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, halved lengthwise and cut into 3 pieces

Lemonade:

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (5 to 6 lemons)
  • 2 cups sparkling water

Garnish: halved lemongrass stalks, lemon slices (optional)

For the simple syrup, combine 1 cup water, the sugar, and lemongrass in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. Reduce to low and cook for 20 minutes to infuse the lemongrass into the sugar mixture. Strain the simple syrup. Pour into a container and refrigerate until chilled.

Pour the lemon juice in a pitcher and add the simple syrup. Stir to combine. Add 2 cups water and the sparkling water. Float the lemon slices in the pitcher for extra lemon flavor. Add a lemon grass stalk.

Serve over ice and garnish the tumblers with a halved lemongrass stalk, if desired.

Serves 4 to 6

Whitney MillerWhen she was just 22, Whitney Miller won the first U.S. season of the Fox show MasterChef. She is the author of Modern Hospitality: Simple Recipes with Southern Charm. While working on her second cookbook, she frequently travels around the U.S. and as far away as China to conduct cooking demonstrations and culinary classes. For more, visit whitneymiller.net, connect with Whitney MillerH on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @whitneymillerH.