1mediumLimepeel (removed with a peeler - with as little white pith as possible)
2mediumlemongrass stalkstrimmed and cut into 3-inch lengths
For The Lemongrass Gin & Tonic:
11/2 ouncesLemongrass Gin
3ounceschilled tonic water
Lemongrass stalk, end of lime, and mint leavesfor garnish (optional)
Make The Lemongrass Gin: Combine 1 cup of the gin with the whole lime peel and the 2 cut-up lemongrass stalks in a jar or resealable airtight container. Close, shake well and place in a warm dark place until well flavored with lemongrass, about 24 hours.TIP: Lemongrass-infused gin can be made up to one month ahead. Remove the lemongrass aftere24 hours and store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Make the Lemongrass Gin and Tonic: Take a balloon gin glass or a tall Tom Collins glass and squeeze in the juice of half the lime. Add ice cubes to fill the add in 1 1/2 ounces of the Lemongrass Gin and 3 ounces of the tonic water. Garnish with an additional stalk of lemongrass a slice of lime or a few mint leaves, as desired.