Ginger, Lemon and Honey: a Healthy and Nourishing Winter Drink
A Comforting Hot Drink In Winter, A Refreshing Cold Drink In Summer - Using Lemon, Ginger And Honey
What could be more comforting on a cold winter's day than curling up in the warmth of your home 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.
Also 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, knocking back drinks which I know don't contain a shred of nourishment makes me feel a bit guilty.
So I've taken to making this tasty lemon, honey and ginger drink, which has a bit of a bite from the ginger. Drunk hot it's just right for a chilly day, and drunk cold, it's just right for a hot summer's day.
A Mug Of Ginger Lemon And Honey
Save Time By Making More Ginger, Lemon And Honey Drink 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 And Honey -- Equipment And Ingredients
There Are Health Benefits For Ginger Honey 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?
This Is A Very Popular YouTube Video With Detailed Information From A Doctor
Here's Another Popular YouTube Video With Some Information About Health Benefits of Ginger
© 2013 Diana Grant