I spent the first seven weeks of 2011 in India, where I quickly developed an obsession with ginger lemon honey “tea.” Found on nearly every menu in the country, it’s the perfect post-dinner or post-yoga drink. In the States, we add whiskey and call it a hot toddy, and while you’ll rarely find me object to a cocktail, a simple ginger lemon honey drink is a great way to detox at the end of the day. Ginger soothes the stomach, reduces inflammation, and increases circulation. Lemon is an antioxidant and an excellent source of vitamin C. Honey is a natural anti-bacterial and immunity booster. So you can see why it’s often touted as a cold and flu remedy, but there’s no reason not to make it a regular habit.
2ish c hot water
5-10 slices of ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced
juice of 1 lemon (or 1/2 if it’s big and juicy)
1-2 T honey
Peel and slice ginger and juice lemon.
Boil water. I use my coffee pot – not ideal but hey, tiny kitchen…
Add ginger and lemon juice to a glass and pour in the water. Let steep for several minutes.
Then drizzle in the honey. Pretty, right?
Stir before drinking and voilà!