When you think of a refreshing drink, do you think cold lemonade or ice tea? Those are good, but they are not at the top of my list. One drink that makes my list could be surprising. That drink is the lotus root drink.
Lotus roots are nutrient rich and are used throughout Asia in many ways including; stir fry, tea and soup. But how I remember it best is in a sweet refreshing drink served over ice on a warm day. The root itself is mild and takes on the flavors of the sugar or any flavoring that you may add like pandan leaves. That sweetened root, which you can munch on with your drink is the best part (in my humble opinion). It’s like a snack and a drink in one. Plus that holey honeycomb look is very eye catching. It’s an ice breaker and a crowd pleaser at parties. What’s not to love? 🙂
- I used palm sugar, but you can use any sugar you like. Brown sugar will add a sweeter and deeper molasses undertone. I like the combination of the two as well. But of course, everything in moderation. Start with less sugar and add more to your taste.
- You can add a few pandan leaves to the boiling pot, but don’t keep the leaves in there too long as they can leave a little bitterness. This will give it a hint of pandan.
- Fresh lotus roots can typically be found in the produce section of your local Asian Market (if they carry it).
Lotus Root Drink
Yields: 10-12 cups
Time: 25-30 minutes
2 lbs fresh lotus root
10-12 cups water (or more if needed)
Palm sugar or brown sugar to taste (or a combination of both)
Thoroughly wash root bulb. Cut off ends. Using a vegetable or potato peeler, peel the root bulb. Thinly slice the root bulb along with width not the length. This ensures that you are cutting cross-sections of the root and it looks like a honeycomb.
Place sliced lotus root bulb into a large pot. Add sugar. Don’t add too much, you can adjust the amount of sugar later if you decide that you want it sweeter. Then Add 10-12 cups of water, making sure the lotus root bulbs are completely submerged. Cook over medium heat for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool and enjoy!