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Ginger, Lemon and Honey: a Healthy and Nourishing Summer or Winter Drink

Updated on July 30, 2015
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Before I became a London solicitor, I used to help in our family restaurant. I love good food, enjoy creative cooking and hate food waste,

A comforting hot drink in winter, a refreshing cold drink in summer - using lemon, ginger and honey

I'm fed up with overly-sweet commercially bottled drinks whenever I need a summer cool-drink to sip outside in the shade whilst the sun beats down.

Apart from the too-sweet taste, it makes me feel a bit guilty, knocking back drinks which I know don't contain a shred of nourishment. So I've taken to making this tasty lemon and ginger drink, which has a bit of a bite from the ginger. Drunk cold, it's just right for a hot summer.

And, what could be more comforting on a cold winter's day than curling up in the warmth with a delicious drink which you know is also doing you good? Picture the scene: you've been out in the snow, and now you're indoors, with your boots off, snuggling into your favorite chair, sipping a steaming mug of lemon juice, ginger and honey which you prepared earlier.

A Mug of Ginger Lemon and Honey

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Save Time by Making More Ginger, Lemon and Honey Than You Currently Need:

The beauty of this drink is that you can make it in bulk, and store some of the concentrated mixture in the fridge, just pouring a little into a mug when you need it and adding boiling water.

If you make enough, you can also freeze some of it, to use in the following weeks - that's what I do, storing it in small pots. Better than buying fruit drinks from the shops, and at least you know where it's been.

There are Health Benefits For Ginger and Lemon Drink

I am not a herbalist or a doctor, but the health properties of these three ingredients are announced everywhere

  • Hot Lemon, Ginger and Honey is a very good Cold Remedy - These ingredients have been used in many countries over the centuries as natural herbal remedies
  • Lemon is high in vitamin C
  • Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Honey has healing properties

Equipment for making Lemon Ginger and Honey Drink - Assemble these before you start

                        - Lemon squeezer

                        - Potato peeler

                        - Kitchen knife

                        - Chopping Board

                        - Grater

                        - Small saucepan

         See below for these items, which you can buy from Amazon:

BHL Glass Lemon Squeezer
BHL Glass Lemon Squeezer

This is like the lemon squeezer I use - very cheap and does the job

 

Lemon, Ginger & Honey - Equipment and Ingredients

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Ingredients

  • 5 Lemons
  • Large piece of Ginger
  • Honey

This will make a concentrated lemon and ginger juice, to which you will add hot water. Some people like it strong, and some like it a little weaker, so just experiment until your lemon and ginger drink tastes just right. You can then drink it hot, luke-warm, or cold

Cast your vote for Recipe for Lemon and Ginger Drink
Prep time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 12 - 14 Drinks

Instructions

  1. Peel the ginger. Then grate it, using a blender or cheese grater. You can use the grating device on a food processor, but ginger is a bit stringy and clogs up the holes, so you might need to clean the grating plate mid-way, in order to complete the job.
  2. Squeeze the lemons. Scrape the lemons with a spoon or knife to get all the juicy bits. Remove the pips. Pour the juice into a saucepan. Add about six teaspoonfuls of honey for a fairly sour drink, or more honey for a sweeter drink. You can also sweeten the drink with sugar, or artificial sweetener such as Hermesetas or Stevia.
  3. Simmer the mixture for 3 or 4 minutes. Allow it to cool. Then pour it into containers. You will then have a concentrated mixture which should be stored in the fridge or freezer until required.
  4. Stir the lemon and ginger concentrate before using, and then put a small amount into a mug (about 1 - 2 tablespoons) and add hot or boiling water. Add more sweetening to taste if desired.

Sometimes I Add Echinacea

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Sometimes I add Echinacea to the Lemon Ginger and Honey Drink - The health benefits of Echinacea to protect from colds and 'flu are disputed

Echinacea is a herbal remedy derived from the plant echinacea purpurea. Some say it has no health benefits, others swear by it.

Those who are against it say that it is merely a placebo, with no other benefit.

Someone recommended it to me many years ago, and I believe it works. I feel that my colds didn't last so long and the symptoms were relieved by the use of echinacea. It is also supposed to protect from colds, so I take it sometimes when other people close to me have a cold.

What do you think about using Echinacea as a cold remedy?

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For ultra-comfort, you could add a splash of brandy

(for medicinal purposes only, you understand!)

Just be careful not to overdo it just because it's comforting and tastes good - we don't want it to react badly with any medicines you are taking or make you comatose, do we?

But a little of what you fancy does you good (so I am told!). And, if you have a cold, what nicer way to fall asleep than being tucked up in bed with a steaming mug of lemon, honey, ginger and brandy?

Here are some Mugs for Your Hot Drinks

I designed them on Zazzle

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Red Venetian Mask - Travel Mug

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Fire-Breathing Aztec Mug - Titled "Hot Stuff"

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @AcornOakForest: Sometimes I take a mug of it to bed at night, and leave some to drink in the morning instead of tea

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      Monica Lobenstein 3 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I love ginger tea in winter! I haven't ever thought about drinking it cold though. I am pinning this.

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Gypzeerose: That's a great endorsement - thanks!

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      I came back to review this tasty sounding drink because I work as an advice nurse and we are in the middle of flu and cold season. I recently read that honey is as good at calming coughing as Robitussin, and we recommend it as standard medical advice. Use as dark a honey as you can find - and local if you can get it. Also review the ingredients, I was horrified to find high fructose corn syrup as an ingredient in a honey. Ginger and lemon are fabulous too

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Virginia Allain: Yes, it gives it a real tang - I love it

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I've been fixing tea with lemon and honey in it. Maybe a little ginger would go nicely with that.

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      Sharon Bellissimo 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      I am going to try this out. I like how you can make a big batch and keep it for use in the fridge, perfect! I have had friends recommend this drink to me when I had a cold but I can see the benefits to drinking it anytime for health. Thanks for the recipe. Cheers!

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      Don Wilson 3 years ago from Yakima, WA

      I like all the individual ingredients, so I'm sure I'll like the finished product, right? I bet it will taste (and feel) great as a hot drink on a cold winter day.

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      burntchestnut 3 years ago

      I like the idea of making a concentrate and using it when you want it.

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      The drink sounds healthy and delicious. Pinned to my beverages board.

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

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      Alisha Vargas 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      This looks good! I'm going to have to make some up. We've had a cold for most of the winter and this looks like it will help our sore throats.

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      LisaDH 4 years ago

      Sounds delicious!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I often drink hot honey and lemon. Your article reminded me how good that would taste right now so I have just put on the kettle.

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @AlleyCatLane: About two weeks, although I have recently kept it for three weeks without any ill effects. As it freezes well, it's worth doing a large batch and freezing most of it in several small plastic containers, so that you don't have a large quantity lying around and going off.

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      This one is getting bookmarked. How long does the mixture keep in the fridge?

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @favored: It's worth looking up on the internet - ginger receives so much praise

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @mechanicaleye: Yes, I've been having it twice a day

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      Eda Škulj 4 years ago from Bosnia and Herzegvina

      Just reading this lens made me feel a bit warmer - and it's freezing here! :)

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      This is definitely a warming and soothing drink... great for keeping the immune system going strong as well!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I didn't know that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. Good info especially for winter.

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Black Phanter: That sounds nice - I shall have to try that

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      Ali bin Musa 4 years ago from Malaysia

      I regularly drink ginger with some honey and milk. Will try yours later anyway this lens is awesome!