Holy Lama Naturals Spice Drops lemongrass extract review

Holy Lama Naturals Spice Drops lemongrass extract review

It’s Treat Time! This week’s Treat Under a Tenner is the lemongrass extract Spice Drops from Holy Lama, and here’s a quick review for you.

If you aren’t familiar with the Holy Lama brand, it’s a company from India that sells fairtrade, organic products based on spice extracts and essential oils. That sounds kind of old fashioned and traditional, but their range of 27 Spice Drops for food is anything but.

The drops are highly flavoured and they’re clear with an emulsifying agent in them, meaning that you can mix them straight into food and drinks without powdery lumps, gritty bits, or the need to make infusions. The bottles are slimline, taking up very little space in a spice rack, but hold at least 100 drops each and last for three years.

I’ve been looking for something to make interesting non-caffeinated hot drinks with, and although I love lemongrass tea, I don’t make it very often at home. That’s because buying lemongrass sticks isn’t all that thrifty…

Cue the lemongrass extract drops. You only need half a drop to flavour a cup of hot water, and there’s no messing about – just drop it in and the emulsifier lets the natural lemongrass extract mix into the water instead of floating on the surface. There are no other ingredients, so it’s not full of artificial anything.

The flavour is very natural, and it’s fresh, zingy and aromatic, with a huge hit of lemon sherbert. It makes a gorgeous hot drink, and I’m looking forward to trying it in sparkling water with mint or basil sprigs when the weather gets warmer. I’m also looking forward to trying it in cakes and desserts, and in Thai-style curries as part of the Empty the Store Cupboard challenge.

Something tells me this isn’t going to be the last product I sample from the range, which also includes masala chai spice drops and all sorts of other interesting flavours…

Holy Lama Naturals Spice Drops lemongrass extract has an RRP of £3.49 for a 5ml dropper bottle and should last for a long time. It’s available from the Holy Lama website, or you can pick a bottle up from Amazon or Ocado.

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