I thought about sharing a decadent holiday recipe with you today. After all, this is the time of year for indulgences like Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups with Flaky Sea Salt, Bourbon Braised Short Ribs with Brown Sugar and Coffee, Parmesan Polenta with Garlicky Rapini and Black Olives, and Quick and Easy Peppermint Bark. In the midst of the abundance of decadent fare, I wanted to share something soothing, a simple tool to care for yourself and your loved ones this time of year. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m a supporter of holiday indulgence. In fact, if these festive holiday recipes are what you’re craving, my cookbook has all of these recipes and more.)
If you feel a little chilled, have a scratchy throat, or harbor a funky belly needing a break from holiday gluttony, nothing soothes like Fresh Ginger Tea with a heaping spoon of honey and a good squeeze of lemon. I’m guessing we could all use a simple treat for ourselves this time of year, an easy quiet moment to catch our breath in the midst of holiday shopping, parties, and crowds.
Happiest of holidays to you all!
- 2 ounce nub of fresh ginger
- 4 cups water
- 1-2 lemons
Peel your ginger then give the peeled ginger a quick whack with a mallet
or the flat side of a heavy chef’s knife to crush the root a bit, which will allow the
flavors to release more easily in the hot water.
Place the crushed
ginger in a medium saute pan with 4 cups cool tap water. Bring the water
to a boil, then partially cover the pot and reduce heat to achieve a
gentle simmer. Set your timer for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes of
simmering you should have a flavorful ginger tea that’s strong enough to
have a nice spicy kick at the back of throat. (If you like your tea
even stronger, feel free to let it steep longer.)
the hot tea through a strainer into individual tea cups. Add a heaping
scoop of honey ( maybe even a tablespoon or so) to each cup along with the juice of half a lemon. Stir to
blend all ingredients and taste for seasoning. Add a little more honey
or lemon to your liking and if the tea is a bit strong for you, you can
always add a splash of hot water.
Whatever tea you don’t
drink right away can be stored in a jar in the fridge. I suggest storing
strained ginger tea without the honey and lemon added. When you reheat
the tea, add the honey and lemon just before serving.