When I was in grad school, I caught a horrifying series of colds that lasted from August to December. Around that time, a friend shared a recipe for ginger tea, which he describes as “reputed to raise the dead and fix broken marriages. I don’t know about all that, but I do know that it does WONDERS for a sore throat.” It’s a great for cold prevention and as a cold remedy if you’ve already got one. It’s also delicious. Michiganders among us, this is similar to the Ginger Dragon tea at Espresso Royale.
Reproduced with permission of Mike Bierschenk
950 ml water (4 and 3/4 Japanese cups)
50 ml or 1/4 cup honey (adjust to taste) はちみつ hachimitsu
5-7 cm (2-3 inch) knob of ginger, peeled and sliced into thin rounds* しょうが shouga
1 lemon, juiced, or 45 ml of lemon juice (one Japanese brand is ポッカレモン１００ Pokka Lemon 100)
A handy visual guide for you!
Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and add ginger, lemon juice, and honey; stir to dissolve. Let steep 1 hour, then strain. Store in the fridge; serve cold or reheat and enjoy.
Interestingly, the ginger I get around here tends to turn the tea pink.
Leah Zoller is a first-year CIR in Anamizu and subsists mainly on ginger.
*Remove the skin by scraping it off with a spoon under running water or use a vegetable peeler.