Make this potent ginger and lemon syrup that will keep you provided with an instant immune boosting fresh ginger tea full of vitamin C so that you can keep on sipping this hot drink all through the day. You just need to add a splash into hot water and you got a cup full of magic.
I used to carry lemons and ginger to work, and then every time I needed a new cup of tea I had to get the knife, slice, squeeze and wait for the ginger to brew. The flavours were rather varying and my cup had little bits of ginger chunks and lemon seeds in it, but I loved it anyway, because this kind of tea just feels like the perfect thing to sip on cold days. With this concentrate, I spare all the hassle and get a lovely even taste.
People who bike every day notice the most how the weather just turned unexpectedly chilly in Amsterdam in the last two weeks. I suddenly found myself surrounded with people sneezing and coughing once again. This means summer is really officially over, so I decided to get ahead of the germs trying to get in my way and started boosting my immune system with all kind of natural tricks. I am using lots of warming spices such as turmeric and cinnamon that have natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties in my breakfast porridge , dinner (for example in a lovely kabocha squash curry), and even in desserts. For a healthy drink I especially loved this one trick with a really catchy title that I found on BonAppetit: `This Lemon-Ginger Brew Will Save You`. It really did.
If you are already feeling that you are getting sick or catching a cold, or if you’re just feeling like you’re having a hard time, then ginger and lemon tea is the most comforting beverage you can sip on. It eases your throat and opens up your nose, while warming and energizing your body.
Ingredients for one litre (it will make about 22 cups of tea):
- 180 g ginger
- 4 lemon
- 100 g honey
- 800 ml water
Cut ginger in big chunks and blitz in a blender until you get a paste consistency. Tip it into a pan with the water and bring it to a soft simmer. Let it simmer for an hour and then filter it through a sieve. Push the pulp to the sieve to squeeze out all the juice. Discard the pulp and let the brew cool down a bit. Squeeze all lemons and filter through a sieve to get rid of the seeds. Pour honey, ginger brew and lemon juice in a bottle and keep it in the fridge until you need a good tea. To make the drink simply add three tablespoons of the concentrate to a cup of hot water.
You can keep this in the fridge for a week, but you can also freeze it in an ice cube tray to stock up for a longer period. This way you can add one gingery ice cube into your cup of hot water when in need.
Ps.: Feel free to add more honey if you prefer your tea sweeter.