100 Favorite Dishes: No. 80, Lake & Irving's lemongrass "tea"

Set yourself to defrost
Set yourself to defrost
Joy Summers

Old man winter is not kidding around this year. We went from fall to frozen nose hairs in the span of about two minutes. It was colder here than in Alaska. Alaska! 

Lucky for us, Lake & Irving has a wonderful and affordable way to warm us from the inside out.

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It's deceptively simple. Lemongrass is bruised, steeped, and spiked with a tart, herbal simple syrup. Hot water picks up just a blush of color from the lemongrass stalks. The flavor is wonderfully light and slides down that scratchy, worn throat, opens up your clogged nasal passages, and soothes the stomach. With each sip, you feel another icicle melt, another layer of that teeth-chattering cold subside.

Best of all, a cup will cost you just $2. It's one of those tastes that is so astoundingly simple, it's just about perfect.

No. 81: Marla's doubles

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1513 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408



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