8 stalks fresh lemon grass
1 quart water
2 tablespoons granulated sugar, or to taste
Rinse lemon grass stalks; slice into thirds. Crush stalks with side of cleaver or mallet; place in saucepan with the water. Bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
Add sugar, stirring to dissolve. Cool, strain and serve over ice.