When I lived in Hawaii I got sick fairly often (hello germs I wasn’t used to) and a co-worker introduced me to very sweet, very spicy ginger tea. There was a Korean grocery store across the street from my work so I’d buy a large jar and it would last me through cold season.
Since then I have moved away from Hawaii and although Houston has many Korean grocery stores, they are not directly across the street from my work and I’m usually too lazy to drive to get ginger tea, especially when I’m sick. So, of course, the solution is to make it myself!
I’m a big fan of things that don’t require a lot of special ingredients or work when you need them at times when you lack health or time. When I got back from an international trip recently I (of course) got a cold so it was ginger tea time. The cold (or flu?) only lasted a week so clearly ginger tea cured it! (Or perhaps a lot of sleep. Or perhaps the flu shot I got a month prior.)
All you need for this is fresh ginger root, water, and honey if you would like it sweet (I do).
- Peel 1-2 inches of fresh ginger root and then cut into slices or chunks. Adjust the amount of ginger for how spicy you like your tea.
- Boil in a saucepan of water for 30-40 minutes. I use a pot that holds about 4 cups of water. You can use larger, but may need to add more ginger.
- When the color looks a little golden, remove from heat, and strain out the pieces of ginger as you pour the tea into a cup.
- Mix in honey to taste.
- Leftover tea can be refrigerated and reheated later.
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