I just got over a horrible cold. Actually, it hasn't even completely left my system and we're 2 solid weeks in. Still a little cough, cough going - ya know how it is. When I was in the deepest, darkest part of my cold my brain was rummaging through itself trying to come up with something, anything that could help. Finally, a moment of enlightenment: GINGER. I always have ginger root in my kitchen. I love anything ginger: tea, the spicy ginger shots at Butcher's Daughter that seem to clear anything up in an instant, ginger candies. I remembered an old mate of mine from the French Culinary Institute who once made me the most delicious ginger tea from scratch and how it warmed my insides just right....
Now, with my nose sniffling and my head pounding, it was my turn to make the most healing and delicious ginger tea from scratch. Trust me - it seriously helped me feel a lot better, even if it was just for a few moments. Here's what you'll need:
- Fresh ginger root, peeled, and cut into 1 cm slices (about 1/4 cup total)
- A few slices of lemon
- Honey or agave syrup (about 1 tablespoon)
- Boil 4 cups of water to a rolling boil (the water will reduce when you boil so more is better than less).
- Add ginger root, 2-3 slices of lemon, and honey, and reduce to a simmer. Cook for at least 20 minutes until the flavors come together in a strong way when you do a taste test.
- Strain out the ginger root and lemon into a small, round colander directly over your favorite mug. Add a squeeze more lemon and honey to taste.
- Enjoy, and feel better!