Bowery Basil Lotus Wellness Drink

Prep: 30-40 minutes | Cook: 5 minutes Drink: 1 Serving | Lotus Tea/Basil Syrup: 4-6 Servings

Lotus root is a versatile ingredient that can typically be found in Asian grocers. Here, it’s turned into a mild tea that gets a flavor boost from Bowery Basil simple syrup and a squeeze of lime.

  • 1 pound lotus root (peeled, trimmed, and sliced)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 5-6 sprigs Bowery Basil
  • 4 ounces Lotus Root Tea
  • 2 ounces Basil Simple Syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2-3 cooked lotus root slices (from Lotus Root Tea recipe)
  • 1-2 sprigs Bowery Basil for garnish
Recipe Preparation
  1. Make the lotus root tea: Bring water to a gentle simmer in a large pot. Add lotus root to simmering water, partially covered, for about twenty minutes. Let cool, transfer entire contents to a pitcher and refrigerate.
  2. Make the basil simple syrup: In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine cane sugar and water, stirring until dissolved. Remove from heat and refrigerate. Once chilled, combine syrup with basil in a blender and purée until smooth. Pass mixture through fine-mesh strainer and refrigerate in an air-tight container.
  3. To make the wellness drink, combine 4 ounces of lotus root tea with 2 ounces of basil simple syrup and lime juice in a glass with ice. Stir well, add lotus root slices, and garnish with a sprig of basil. Enjoy!