Ginger Lemongrass Pina Colada

Serves: 4

Make a ginger and lemongrass syrup to sweeten this twist on the classic pina colada.

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1 stalk lemongrass
3/4 cup peeled and sliced fresh ginger
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups pineapple juice, chilled
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup white rum, chilled
pinch kosher salt
4 fresh mint sprigs or 4-inch pieces lemongrass, for garnish


With the back of a heavy chef's knife, bruise the lemongrass stalk to expose the inside fibers and cut it into 1-inch lengths. Combine the lemongrass pieces, ginger, sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook a few minutes until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and steep for 20 minutes.

Strain the syrup into a bowl, discarding the solids. Place the bowl over a larger bowl filled with ice and whisk the syrup until it cools. Combine the pineapple juice, coconut milk, rum and all of the cooled syrup in a blender and blend; it will make a nice frothy layer on top. Pour into 4 tumblers with or without ice and garnish with the mint or lemongrass.


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