In the wintertime, there are two things that are sure to keep you warm: Tibetan Socks and hot tea. In fact, the two go hand in hand (or hand in foot?) like hummus and pita. While there are no shortage of packaged teas available nowadays from a variety of organic and fair-trade companies in a huge offering of flavors, there is nothing that matches the richness or potency of your own fresh brew.
One particular recipe we love, brought back from the Himalayas, is ginger lemon honey tea. This spicy and sweet mix is a veritable elixir of youth, full of immune-boosting and free-radical reducing anti-oxidants. Not only can it help keep you cold-free, it has similar anti-aging properties to green tea. It's particularly a popular winter-time beverage in Rishikesh, where yogis convening in cafés post-practice pound several cups of this potent mix to stay warm and healthy.
- Fresh ginger root
- Green tea bags (optional)
- Depending on your tolerance for ginger, you can use as much or as little as you like. Peel and chop a few inches of root into small slivers.
- Fill a teapot with water, add the ginger and set to boil. (Optional: Add 1-2 green tea bags for extra anti-oxidant boost.)
- Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Cut lemon into quarters and squeeze 1/2 lemon per one pot of tea.
- Pour into individual cups and add 1 tsp honey per cup.
You can also make enough to store in the refrigerator and serve cold as a refreshing and invigorating iced tea. Enjoy!