Ginger Lemongrass Basil Spritzer

Ginger Lemongrass Basil Spritzer | Playful Cooking

Summer is happening here in full swing. I not only feel it but I can also hear it. The hustle bustle in the neighborhood, pools are never empty, kids running around screaming and playing almost all day long. This unquestionably screams summer vacation. It does get a little too noisy at times but I love the long daylight and even though it feels like the heat can nearly burn the skin, the wind fortunately helps us stay calm in between. We have few things planned out for us this summer but let’s see how far that goes. For now, let’s take out some ice cubes and sip something cool!


Ginger Lemongrass Basil Spritzer | Playful Cooking


I am not much of a cocktail or smoothie person. Fresh fruit juice, ice coffee/tea and sometimes, fruit lassi are my most preferred thirst quenchers apart from water and occasional soda. I am not counting hot beverage here, because my morning has to start with masala chai. And that story I will save for another time. Today, I am talking about cold drinks to sip when temperature shoots to nineties and a sunny day doesn’t sound fun any more. Ice-cold water helps me to stay hydrated but a reviving flavorful drink improves my mood too! Yeah, I can get little cranky when it gets too warm.


Ginger Lemongrass Basil | Playful Cooking


Ginger Lemongrass Basil Syrup | Playful Cooking


It’s very easy to buy syrup from the market but it’s always more fun to make it at home. All you need is fresh ingredients and a little bit of imagination to play around. The other day, I started out to make ginger syrup and ended on a zestier, perfumed note with stalky lemon grass and fresh basil. It was a striking flavor blend and when mixed with couple of lemon wedges, ice cubes and sparkling water, the brutal nineties felt more bearable, even if for a while!


Ginger Lemongrass Basil Spritzer | Playful Cooking


Ginger Lemongrass Basil Spritzer | Playful Cooking

A little flavor, a list zest and a little fizz made this one of my favorite quick summer drinks. Happy Summer you guys!

Ginger Lemongrass Basil | Playful Cooking

Ginger Lemongrass Basil Spritzer

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


for the syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated ginger
  • 2 stalks lemon grass, finely chopped
  • 10 fresh basil leaves.

for the spritzer

  • lemon wedges
  • sparkling water
  • ice cubes


  1. In a deep pan, add all ingredients for the syrup and bring it a boil. Allow it to simmer at medium heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Switch off the heat, cover the pan and allow it to steep for 15 minutes. Once cooled to room temperature, strain and store it in an airtight jar.
  3. For making the spritzer, drop some ice cubes in a glass, pour little bit of the syrup, followed by sparkling water and some lemon wedges.


If you don't find lemon grass, add two lemon peels while making the syrup.


Ginger Lemongrass Basil Spritzer | Playful Cooking

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  • Alla
    June 17, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    ahhh this looks perfect for the ‘heat wave’ we’re about to have in the Netherlands. 🙂

  • Vishakha
    June 17, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    I love lemongrass based drinks. What a beautiful flavour combo u’ve suggested!:) Gorgeous photography as always!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    June 17, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    What a refreshing spritzer, and I love the flavors! (Those striped straws are too cute :))

  • Rosa
    June 17, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    A delightfully refreshing drink! Wonderfully summery.



  • IshitaUnblogged
    June 17, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Love the font and the ‘playful’ way you’ve written spritzer! A very unusually ‘light’ post – most of your styling is so dark and bright. Loving it nevertheless!

  • Shruti@PartTimeChef
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    June 17, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    I’m yet to try lemongrass in a beverage. Sounds like a refreshing drink. Beautiful pictures as always.

  • Simone
    June 17, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    That looks perfect for the not weather coming up… Apparently today and tomorrow it’s gonna be ridiculously hot all of a sudden so I’m guessing we could do with some refreshing drinks!

  • Sarvani (baker in di
    Sarvani (baker in di
    June 18, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    kankana, a couple of months back, I had made a ginger lime syrup.. which was lovely.. the bottle is almost over.. am bookmarking your variation to try once it’s over!! looks lovely!

  • Lizzy (Good Things)
    Lizzy (Good Things)
    June 18, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    How delicious and perfect for the summer!

  • Angie@Angiesrecipes
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    June 18, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    A perfect summer drink!

  • PeachThePeachKitchen
    June 18, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    This sounds totally refreshing!I love the flavor combination.

  • Elvira
    June 18, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    Such a summer-y drink and the lemongrass touch is just perfect!

  • Cookin Canuck
    Cookin Canuck
    June 18, 2013 at 4:51 AM

    What a beautiful summertime drink! I love the idea of having a bottle of this syrup in the fridge, just waiting to be made into a refreshing spritzer.

  • jehanne
    June 18, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    Beautiful! Kankana, you are a genius..only today I thought what could I possibly do with a drying voila! I have ginger, now I need to get some fresh basil and pretend its summer here too 🙂

  • Little Kitchie
    Little Kitchie
    June 18, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    This sounds SO refreshing! I love the combination of ginger and basil!

  • Shema George
    Shema George
    June 18, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Whenever I see a new mail in my inbox from you, I am always excited as I know I will find some interesting recipes and beautiful pictures. Like always I was glad to see your new post-the flavor combo here is amazing !!

  • Nusrat Azim
    Nusrat Azim
    June 18, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Nothing sounds more refreshing, cooler and prettier than this drink of yours to beat the summer heat !

  • Mallika
    June 18, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    You have magic wand in your hands to create such stunning clicks! Beautiful lemongrass basil spritzer!

  • Ash- foodfashionpart
    Ash- foodfashionpart
    June 18, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Wow, that’s intense flavor in your spritzer. Would be such a good conversation starter. Your pics are amazing.

  • nipponnin
    June 18, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Beautiful pictures! I thought I have to go to store to get lemongrass first…Oh! I could substitute with lemon peel? Nice recipe. I’m sure it’s keeper.

  • Eileen
    June 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    This sounds like the most refreshing drink! O bet the ginger-lemongrass syrup would be pretty great in a cocktail or two as well… 🙂

  • kulsum@journeykitche
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    June 18, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    send me a jug? This sounds so refreshing. I’m surely trying it once I’m back to kuwait. Oh and you have great eye for fonts xo

  • Asha@FSK
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    June 18, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Gorgeous photos Kankana!! Gets the message of refreshing across, so beautifully!!!

  • Nik@ABrownTable
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    June 18, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    The photographs as always are so beautiful! Love the spritzer and I think it will be perfect this weekend for a picnic!

  • Liren
    June 18, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    I adore ginger and lemongrass together, and this drink is such an eye catcher, Kankana. If I had a glass right now, it would most definitely help me ease into summer!

  • Grandbaby Cakes
    Grandbaby Cakes
    June 18, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    I feel refreshed just looking at this. Looks so gorgeous!

  • sowmya
    June 18, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Refreshing drinks.. lovely pics !! Glad to follow u 🙂

  • carey
    June 19, 2013 at 4:53 AM

    Oh my! This looks and sounds so delicious. I think lemongrass has got to be one of the most refreshing flavors. Add some herbal basil and a bite of ginger, and that’s pretty much summer drink heaven! (:

  • Anita Menon
    Anita Menon
    June 19, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    Gorgeous , gorgeous photos!

  • Reem
    June 19, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Love! !!!
    Summer sure is in full swing. This is the last week of the school for kids .. I’m sure it’s gonna be a long summer. .lol
    Beautiful photography babe. . I’m loving it as always.

  • Reese@SeasonwithSpic
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    June 19, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    How fun! We just made some lemongrass mojito over the weekend too. I’m hooked with fresh mint leaves in summer drinks at the moment, but basil sounds like a great idea. When the basils are ready in the garden, I’ll definitely give this a try. Nothing beats a refreshing spritzers. Enjoy your summer, Kankana!

  • Kiran
    June 19, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    This looks amazingly refreshing!! Love the use of lemongrass in this spritzer. So summery and great flavors 🙂

  • Nami JustOneCookbook
    Nami JustOneCookbook
    June 19, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    I love both ginger and lemongrass and my mouth water immediately when I started reading this post. It’s a natural reaction! I would love to make this! I’ll be in very humid weather soon and will count on this drink this summer. 🙂

  • Shumaila
    June 22, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    I have been drinking hot lemongrass tea everyday. When I was in India we had a lemongrass plant and our cook would make lemongrass tea for us after every meal, since we were trying to lose weight and apparently hot water is the way to go. Lemon grass imparts such a great taste to the bitter green tea, so I can only imagine what it does to this ginger basil spritzer. Lovely shots Kankana- so summery!

  • easyfoodsmith
    June 26, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    Very refreshing flavours. The pairing of lemongrass and ginger sounds wonderful with the hint of basil.

  • Shibi Thomas
    Shibi Thomas
    July 10, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    That’s a perfect drink to quench the thirst in summer. I also prefer simple drink when I am in urge to cool down after being in the sun. Nice recipe and you have a great site!!!

  • goboroot
    July 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    We’ve been having quite hot weather here! This post made me feel a few degrees cooler:), thanks to your photos! They are so refreshing and beautiful! Great work, Kankana!