Lemongrass Sour Recipe

Elana Lepkowski

Lemongrass infused vodka—combined with lemon bitters suspended on a head of eggwhite foam—makes for a light and delicately citrusy cocktail.

Note: You can use 2 tablespoons pasteurized egg white in the place of raw egg in the case of health concerns.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 0 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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For the Lemongrass Infused Vodka:

  • 4 lemongrass stalks

  • 2 cups vodka

For Each Cocktail:

  • 2 ounces Lemongrass-Infused Vodka

  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 lime

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup

  • 1 large fresh egg white (see note)

  • 3 dashes lemon bitters

  • Curly lime zest, peeled with a zester, for garnish


  1. For the Lemongrass Infused Vodka: Remove tough outer layer from each lemongrass stalk. Chop stalks into 1-inch pieces and bruise them by crushing them with the blunt side of a heavy knife. For slow infusion, add lemongrass pieces to an airtight container and cover with vodka. Seal and let stand at room temperature for 1 week, shaking daily. Taste after 1 week and continue to steep up to 2 weeks to desired flavor. Strain into an airtight container.

  2. Alternatively, to infuse instantly using a siphon, take lemongrass pieces and add to whipped cream canister. Pour in vodka and seal. Charge with one N2O charger. Shake well. Charge a second time with a second N2O charger. Shake well and then discharge contents through a strainer into a clean, airtight container. Infused vodka keeps at room temperature for up to 6 months.

  3. For Each Cocktail: In a cocktail shaker, add Lemongrass Infused Vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white. Shake without ice for 30 seconds to incorporate the egg white. Fill cocktail shaker with ice, then shake hard until well chilled, about 30 seconds. Double strain into cocktail glass and garnish with lemon bitters and lime zest.

Special equipment

Cocktail strainer, fine-mesh strainer, airtight containers, shaker, cheesecloth, whipped cream canister and 2 N20 chargers (optional)

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
236 Calories
5g Fat
9g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 236
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 72mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 96mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)