Lemongrass Cooler

As served at Tao Beach, $14

Besides the pool and the sweet breeze at sunset, the most refreshing thing about Tao Beach is the cocktails. From the iconic frozen margarita to the daring combination of Grey Goose, chardonnay and muddled grapes known as a Poolside, take your pick! We think this long, cool, Thai-inspired tea cocktail pairs especially well with Tao Beach’s poolside massage menu.

  • 1¾ ounces Belvedere Citrus vodka
  • 1 ounce Teas’ Tea golden oolong iced tea
  • ¾ ounce lemongrass syrup*
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • stalk of lemongrass and wheel of lemon for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, then strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with lemon and lemongrass, then serve.

*Try Monin’s lemongrass syrup ($10 at bobateadirect.com or on amazon.com), or make your own by first simmering 1 cup each sugar and water with the cores of two lemongrass stalks for 10 minutes, until sugar is dissolved. Strain into a jar, infuse with a few additional lemongrass stalks, then cover and keep in the fridge.

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