Lemongrass DawetThere’s so many ways to make this drink. I suggest making the syrup and then toying with how much coconut milk you’d like, versus how much ice. The quantities given are what worked for me, but there really are no right answers. The key is to add a healthy shake of salt to each batch, to enhance the coconut milk flavor. This may sound counter intuitive in a sweet drink, but the touch of salt really is lovely, traditional, and nearly undetectable.
For the syrup
For the drink
  1. Slit the lemongrass several times lengthwise.
  2. Add the lemongrass to a pot with the sugar and water. Boil 15-20 minutes, or until the mixture obtains a syrupy consistency.
  3. Stir in a few drops of food coloring.
  4. Pour the lemongrass syrup into a clean bottle or jar and refrigerate until cool. Remove the lemongrass, if desired.
  5. Stir together 1/4 cup lemongrass syrup with 1/4 cup coconut milk and a pinch of salt.
  6. Blend this pink mixture with two handfuls of ice.
  7. Pulse until smooth.

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