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Ginger, Lemon and Honey: a Healthy and Nourishing Summer or Winter Drink
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
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.
Lemon, Ginger & Honey -- Equipment And Ingredients
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
As welll as prescribing a linctus, my own doctor suggested I should take these three products when I visited the surgery in May 2018, suffering from a bad cough, lots of mucous, a sore throat and blocked ears.
My daughter suggested that I keep a flask of the drink to keep it hot, so that I could drink it several times during the day. That was a very sensible idea.
Here's My Thirty-Year-Old Thermos Flask, Still Doing Valiant Service
Equipment Needed - Assemble these before you start
- Lemon squeezer
- Potato peeler
- Kitchen knife
- Chopping Board
- Small saucepan
- 5 Lemons
- Large piece of Ginger
- Honey to Suit Your Taste
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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?
For Ultra-Comfort, You Could Add A Splash Of Brandy Or Whiskey
(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?
© 2013 Diana Grant