This refreshing drink is easy to mix up. Inside you will find mint, lemongrass, and ginger paired with the botanicals of the gin. Back that up with agave nectar, lime juice, and ginger ale and you have a fascinating highball that is perfect for spring and summer sipping.
Gather the ingredients.
Add the ginger, agave nectar, gin, and lime juice.
Garnish with a lime wheel spiked with a lemongrass straw. Serve and enjoy.
- A "sprig" of mint is a bit vague because it can vary in size. Typically, mint cocktails (like the mojito) do well with fewer than 10 leaves, though you can add more if you like.
- When using fresh lemongrass, you want to use the main yellow stalk above the bulb. Remove any outer leaves and rinse before cutting it into about 2-inch pieces.
- Dried lemongrass can also be used. It would be helpful to add the agave nectar (or syrup) and lime juice to the muddle to help rehydrate it a little.
- Fresh ginger is a great substitute for ground ginger, which has a more concentrated flavor. For this drink, use about 1 tablespoon of freshly ground ginger and add it to the muddled ingredients.
- Finish this drink off with sparkling wine rather than soda. A sweet rosé, such as white zinfandel, is an excellent choice, though a Spanish seco or semi-seco cava would be fabulous as well.
- Put a lemonade twist on the cocktail by splitting the ginger ale pour with freshly squeezed lemonade. Alternatively, switch to a bottled sparkling lemonade.
- If you prefer vodka, New Amsterdam has some really nice vodkas available, too. The brand's flavored vodkas would be a good fit, particularly the peach and coconut, two flavors that pair well with lemongrass.