Monday, January 23, 2012

Sunshine In A Mug!

We all need a little love and a little sunshine...especially during this time of year. If you live in the Northeast you know what I mean. It's not even respectfully cold right now, it's wet, drippy, overcast and is an irritating not-cold-not-warm. It's the kind of weather that drips ice water off an eave and down your collar. *shudder*

A Yoga-friend just gave me this recipe last week and while she refers to it as "tea" I'd like to introduce it to you as a "sunshiney hug in a mug" (how many people did I just turn off with that?! hahaha). While simple, it includes some very powerful health-boosting ingredients like raw honey, organic ginger root, and organic lemon juice. I have made it every night since's just fantastic! Okay, without further ado, here it is:

Ginger Lemon "Tea"

4 cups water
Organic Ginger Root, 2" chunk; peeled, sliced and then an extra chop or two for good measure.
Organic Lemon, cut in half
Raw Honey

Put the 4 cups of water in a pot, add the ginger root. Bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer for about 20minutes (the longer you let it go, the bigger the ginger flavor). *You may start to boil off water, which will just condense the ginger flavor. Add more water and reheat if you need to.

Into a mug squeeze half of the lemon. Use a regular spoon (not measuring) to scoop out a spoonful of raw honey and put the spoon in your mug. When the ginger water is ready, pour over the spoon. Stir until honey is dissolved.
*My only warning is that ginger is a known stimulant to the digestive system . A mug of this should be no trouble, but if anything is already "stirring" down there you have been warned. Just don't start with drinking all 4 cups of tea right before you turn in for the'll hate me for days! Again: start with one mug and increase to find your level of tolerance!