This is the drink I make for my loved ones when they are ill. Undoubtedly there are other much more healthful drinks to brew, and I don’t think I brew this in the most efficient manner anyway, but I think part of its restorative properties come from the fact that you’re being cared for (or practising self-care) when you make this drink. Obviously you can’t solely feel-good your way into recovery but some kindness, warmth, and empathy can at the very least soothe and support. Possibly this is only the most paltry of consolations when you have a whopper of a cold, but there we are.
I make this drink quite strong, but you can certainly dial back the lemon if it would sting your throat or you don’t want to add so much honey to soften and sweeten it. Similarly, add more ginger or only a little. Brew double quantities in a teapot or leave to infuse for longer on the stove. It is really (as with everything else on this blog) made to your taste.
LEMON HONEY GINGER DRINK
For one mug.
A plump, young(ish), fresh chunk of ginger, roughly 5 – 6 cm long
Half a lemon
1 – 2 tablespoons honey of your choice
Set the kettle boiling. Meanwhile, peel the ginger with a teaspoon and slice as finely as you can be bothered into your favourite mug. Squeeze over the lemon juice and spoon in the honey, starting off with a tablespoon at first. Pour over the freshly boiled water. Leave to steep for 4 – 5 minutes. Stir well and taste, adding more honey or lemon as desired.