While living in New Hampshire, Kiddo and I had developed a longstanding tradition: a weekly after school date at our favorite coffee shop. I will forever cherish those afternoons spent sitting across from each other discussing our days, exchanging thoughts, playing a game (or ten) of Uno, and savoring our chosen treats.
Inevitably the time would come when one or both of us had some sort of bug. Runny nose, sore throat, sinus pressure... even an iffy stomach now and then. And if one of us had it, the other was sure to follow. You know how these things go.
Fortunately, our little coffee joint had the perfect remedy: Honey Lemon Ginger Tea. It's simple, fresh, and comforting. It was thus called upon to be a mainstay at our house during trying times.
We have consumed no less than fifty gallons in the last week. Kiddo's been nursing some sort of virus that won't quit, Husband has what sounds to be the seasonal flu (while jet lagged in Spain no less—that poor man), and I've been waking up with the sensation of having swallowed broken glass. I chalk it up to the Petri dish nature of schools and the fact that I've been tending to sick patients for the better part of a week. (Here's to finishing my last clinical today!)
So tea. Lots of tea. And lots of elderberry tonic and fire cider. I will be buying my favorite apiary stand out of product at the farmer's market this weekend. Because one must never run out of tonics this time of year.
Honey Lemon Ginger Tea
2-3 slices of lemon
4-5 thin slices of fresh ginger, lightly smashed with the knife handle
1-2 tbsp raw honey, locally sourced if possible
Squeeze the lemon slices into a mug, then throw in the peel/pulp.
Place ginger slices in a disposable tea filter, twist the top and throw satchel into mug.
Spoon in desired amount of honey.
Fill mug with boiling water and let steep for 3-5 minutes.
I usually get at least 2 cups of tea out of this recipe, simply adding a bit of fresh honey each time I refill the hot water.
This tea is good for soothing a troubled throat, tummy or soul.
[This post is dedicated to Brewbakers in Keene, New Hampshire. Thank you for seeing me through hundreds of hours of study time, feeding me a well-balanced breakfast and lunch on the regular, and providing a place to bond with the men in my life. Oh, and for this tonic... it's the gift that keeps on giving.]