Lemon, Ginger and Honey: a Comforting and Nourishing Winter Drink
A Healthy Ginger, Lemon and Honey Drink to Boost Your Immune System
When the weather is cold, it's really comforting to curl up in the warmth with a delicious hot drink which will also do you good.
Imagine the scene: you've just come in from the snow, and now you're inside, you've taken off your boots, snuggled into your favorite armchair, and relaxed, you're savoring a steaming mug of honey, ginger and lemon juice, which you prepared earlier.
This natural fruit juice is better than anything you would buy at your local supermarket, and at least you know what's in it.
A Mug of Hot Lemon, Ginger and Honey
Store Some of the Mixture to Use Later
It also tastes good as a cold drink, just right for a hot summer's day.
The good thing about this drink is that you can make a lot more than you need for one day, and keep some of the concentrated mixture in your fridge, just putting a small serving into your mug when needed, adding boiling water.
It can also be frozen and put into small plastic containers, to use over several weeks. You would probably need to double up on the amount of ingredients you are using if you want to store the surplus.
Health Benefits For Honey, Lemon and Ginger Drink
N.B. I am not a doctor or a herbalist, but the health benefits of these ingredients are well known:
Honey has natural healing properties
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties
Lemon has a high vitamin C content
Put them all together and hot honey, lemon and ginger is a very good cold remedy.
These ingredients have been used over the centuries in many countries as natural healing herbal remedies.
Equipment and Ingredients Needed to Make Your Lemon, Ginger and Honey Drink
Here's a Useful Lemon Squeezer Like the One in the Photograph Above
B07VMB5DYS :This juice extractor is very similar to the one I have used for years. It does the trick, and even extracts and saves the pips so that I can stop them getting into the juice. It is effective, solid and hardwearing, and can be washed in the dishwasher.
- Lemon squeezer
- Potato peeler
- Kitchen knife
- Chopping Board
- Grater or Food Processor
- Small saucepan
- 4 Lemons
- 1 large piece Fresh Ginger, About the size of your hand
- 4 teaspoons Honey, or to taste
Lemon and Ginger in a Saucepan
Recipe for Lemon and Ginger Drink
- This will be a concentrated ginger and lemon juice, and you add hot water to taste. You might like it strong, or you might like it a bit weaker, so you can experiment until your ginger and lemon drink tastes just right for you.
- Peel the ginger. Then grate it with a cheese grater or you can use a blender to make a fine paste.
- Squeeze the lemons. Scrape them with a spoon or knife to extract the juicy bits, removing the pips. Pour the juice into a saucepan and add the ginger. Add six teaspoonfuls of honey for a fairly sour drink, or more honey if you like it sweeter. You can use sugar, Hermesetas or Stevia instead or as well. Add a tablespoonful of water.
- Simmer for 3 or 4 minutes. When cool, pour it into containers. You can then store this concentrated mixture in the fridge and freeze some until required.
- Before use, stir the lemon and ginger concentrate, then put about 1 - 2 teaspoonfuls into a mug, adding hot or boiling water. Add more sweetening if desired.
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You Might Try Adding Echinacea or Even a Spot of Brandy
Echinacea is reputed to ward off colds, or to lessen the effect of a cold if you already have one.
Echinacea is a daisy-like flower which is used by herbalists.
Are the health benefits an old wives' tale, or is all the praise justified? Who am I to say? I'm a lawyer, not a doctor. For me it works. My son sneers and says it's just a placebo; my daughter reckons it is definitely effective.
As for Brandy - if you like alcohol, I think you will find a dash of brandy in your lemon and ginger drink very comforting. Just imagine yourself tucked up in bed with the snuffles, and a steaming mug of aromatic lemon, ginger, honey and brandy......you'll be asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.
But go easy on the brandy - remember it's for medicinal purposes only, and not an excuse for partying and self-indulgence!
Echinacea Drops to Put in Lemon, Ginger and Honey Drink
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- Zesting Lemons Without a Zester
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Diana Grant