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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Honey Lemon Ginger Tea


Warning: Feverish Post Written While Literally Feverish

Normally, I’m one who prides myself in my health. As if my strong constitution has anything to do with a strong mind. Part of me believes in the power of mind over matter, that in most cases, one can will themselves not to be sick. The power of positive thinking and all that with a dash of hubris has served me well over the years. I come down with a cold or sinus infection about once a year – sometimes. Even then, I deny it for days and press on, so that it seems they only last a few days at most.

Not this time. I brewed a half-gallon of ginger lemon honey tea. Not the fake stuff in a tea bag, mind you, the for-real kind. Bubbling and boiling my brew of lemon juice of two lemons, complete with rind and knob of grated ginger, I felt like I was a witchdoctor or healer of old as I strained it and added local honey fresh from Milk and Honey Farm from northern Iredell County (they are regulars at the Cobblestone Farmers Market). I drank it hot. From my Miss Piggy mug for extra healing mojo. It was strong and sour. It smelled like a pungent honey-lemon cough drop but the ginger added a spicy kick. After three cups of the hot potion’s acid had cut through the foul coating on my throat I truly felt better.

Ginger Honey Lemon Tea Recipe

Ingredients:
2 lemons
knob of ginger
5 tbsp honey (one per cup)
water

Directions:
Fill your tea pot almost full of water (approx. 5 cups). Halve the lemons and squeeze their juice into the water and then drop in the lemon rinds as well. Peel a one-ince piece of ginger (I like to add more) and grate into the tea. Bring to a boil. Boil 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and let steep for 5 minutes. Strain into cup. Add one tbsp honey. Drink while hot. Drink at least 3 cups. Once all the liquid is strained, add more water and boil again for a second batch.

Luckily, the fever only lasted a day and although I could nap for three days, I am already feeling much better. May it be the worst sickness of 2013 for our family and may yours be well. Just in case, keep this lemon-ginger-honey tea recipe handy. It’s golden liquid, I tell you, both literally and figuratively!

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