Thursday, February 16, 2012

ginger lemon tea

It's what I've been drinking round the clock and I'm not even close to being sick of it.


At the store last night, I bought more ginger and lemons. And some limes, too, to shake things up a bit.

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Ginger Lemon Tea
Adapted from Recipes for a Postmodern Planet

Feel free to swap lime juice in place of some of the lemon, and agave syrup for the honey. If you’re suffering from a cough, a splash of whiskey is a profitable addition, or so I hear.

Fresh ginger can be found in the produce section of any grocery store.

a 1-inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
1-2 lemons, juiced
1/4 cup honey
pinch of salt
4 cups water

Pour the water into a saucepan. Add the ginger and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, add the lemon juice, honey, and salt, and simmer for five minutes. Strain and serve.

Variation: Fizzy Ginger Tea
Make a concentrate by using only 1-2 cups of water. Mix the chilled concentrate with 2-3 cups of club soda. Serve over ice.

This same time, years previous: odd ends, tortilla pie

8 comments:

  1. Wait to add the (raw) honey until the tea has been strained and cooled just a bit and you'll get all the health benefits of raw honey (otherwise you kill all the beneficial enzymes with the simmering heat). This tea is an excellent digestive aid and immune support!

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    1. Ooo, yes. Good point. But if NOT using raw honey, does the simmering, or lack thereof, still matter?

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    2. What honey do you use? If it's standard grocery store variety, then it doesn't matter -- that stuff is dead already. If it's local and only slightly heated, then it still has some benefits if not heated above 120F.

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    3. It's local honey, from Golden Angels Apiary. Unfiltered, but not raw.

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    4. Yup, that's the local-and-slightly-heated variety. Some benefits remain and would do you good if not simmered first. Of course, even with simmering, the ginger is very beneficial.

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  2. Mmmm...sounds good. I've never thought to use anything but a tea bag to make tea. I love your creativity (bravery) in the kitchen.

    Also, I didn't get a chance to comment on the post where your son recited his piece in church. Congrats to him on a job well-done.
    ~FringeGirl

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  3. Just made this and took the first heavenly sip. So much better than the bagged ginger tea I've been downing all winter! Never again! Thank you for sharing such a simple, healthy and delicious recipe!

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  4. I make this tea with a garlic clove added when I feel like I'm getting a cold and it works everytime to get rid of the cold before I even get it!
    Robyn

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