I'm going to be flat out honest here.
I've pinched this recipe from The Crunchy Urbanite over at Instructables. He apparently got it from a now apparent closed up shop naturopaths website, regardless if you like this recipe, please do click the link to his page and check his other things out!
- 1 head of organic Garlic
- 1 medium hand of organic Ginger
- 2 or 3 fingers of organic Turmeric
- 1 large organic Lemon
- Cayenne Pepper
First, toss your ginger, turmeric, and garlic in in a pot with about a quart/liter of water. (You’ll be refilling the pot to offset evaporation, so no reason to be a stickler about measurements.) The ginger, you’ll want to slice lengthwise into thin strips — the thiner, the better, to draw out all the benefits. Do the same with the turmeric. The garlic, you can smash under something flat and just peel off exterior. You’ll be straining everything at the end, so no need to be a perfectionist. Then cover and simmer everything for about an hour.
Next, slice a lemon as thinly as possible and toss it into the pot for another 20-30 minutes. (You’re refilling the water, right?)
Along with the lemon, you can add a dusting of cayenne. A couple shakes — or about ¼ teaspoon — should be fine. The garlic and ginger will make this surprisingly spicy, so less is definitely more.
Then, let it cool a bit — down from horrible-molten-death hot to just casual-steaming-tea hot — and strain. (I like to strain it on a cup-by-cup basis. Half because I’m lazy and half because I live in a New York apartment and don’t have a lot of extra pitchers lying around.) Here’s where you add your honey. I like about a spoonful per mug.
Another great thing is to pour your tea into those glass bottles we talked about, and keep a couple travel-sized servings in the fridge. It’s even great cold — just make sure you dissolve your honey before you chill it.
Waste not, want not. After I strain my tea, I’ll usually refill my pot and boil all my spent ingredients one more time. It’s not officially part of the recipe, but I like to get my time and money’s worth.
- Written by the man himself, The Crunchy Urbanite