A couple months ago, I saw this recipe for a lemon ginger honey tea “mix” and it fascinated me. It was an easy recipe that you make once, store in the refrigerator, then scoop from anytime you want a nice cup of lemon, ginger, honey tea. Like, maybe, every day in the winter?
Even the recipe is easy. Slice lemons and ginger, then cover them with honey. As the mix sits in your refrigerator, the flavors blend and the honey changes from a molten gold gel to a smooth liquid. Then, whenever a cold (or simply the mood) hits, you dip in a spoon and have a completely natural “mix” for hot tea. Imagine that!
Problem was, I couldn’t find organic lemons at a reasonable price. And since the whole lemon, peel and all, is basically marinated, I really didn’t want to go with conventional. After weeks without success, I had a thought–why not do it with organic limes, which Trader Joe’s had at a great price? I had just gotten honey from one of my CSAs and ginger root is a staple in my house (I store it in the freezer all the time), so I was ready!
Now mostly we’re a pretty healthy bunch, so I wasn’t sure if this would get a good workout. But I have found it rejuvenating after a tough workout and warming when the temperature takes a sudden dip. Some of original commenters swore it helped them stay cold free–so if my daughter does the school musical again, with its busy rehearsal schedule and late nights, I may start to dose her daily.
And one thing I want to emphasize after a reader comment. Please store this in the refrigerator or it may ferment. While fermented foods have their value, you need to know how to prepare them safely–and a boozy “tea” is probably not what you want to serve your ailing child anyway 😉
Since I first made this, organic lemons have come back into season. Now I have both varieties–hooray!
- 1 lemon
- 1 in piece of ginger
- 1/2 c honey
- Slice lemon thinly.
- Peel and slice ginger.
- Layer ginger and lemon slices in a 1 cup jar and top with honey. Place in refrigerator for 8 hours for flavors to blend.
- To serve, spoon out a heaping spoonful of honey, lemon and ginger slices and place in a mug. Top with boiling water, stir, let sit for a few minutes, then serve.
- Tips: Don't over stuff the jar with lemons and ginger--you should leave enough room for honey. As the jar gets emptier, you can add additional honey if desired.
- You can substitute 2 limes for the lemon--it's delicious too!