I must have inherited my love of all things ginger from my mom and maternal grandmother and I remember my grandmother giving us this tea when I was little with an upset stomach, but I find this tea works great as a cold remedy. I have included an option for adding lemon to the recipe as well. It is a simple recipe that you can make up very quickly and keep around for when you need it. Just keep the finished syrup in a glass jar with a lid in your fridge or even on your counter.
Homemade Ginger Tea Syrup
1 1/2 – 2 pounds fresh ginger cut into 1 inch pieces (no need to peel)
3 cups water
3 cups sugar or other sweetener like honey
juice of one lemon (optional)
3 inch strip of lemon peel (optional)
Place all ingredients in your blender, I have a Vitamix which is an awesome gift from my lovely husband, Will. It does a great job of whizzing up the ingredients into a paste. Blend well until ginger is finely chopped. Place the mixture in a heavy pot over medium heat and cook for 10 minutes until the ginger changes colour and goes a bit translucent. If the mixture is too thin, cook longer, if too thick, add a bit more water. Remove from heat and strain well. You can leave it untrained and eat the ginger pulp for the added heat and fibre if you want. Place in a large glass jar and keep til needed. In a large mug place about 3-4 Tbsps of the syrup depending how spicy you want your tea and then top with hot water. It is also nice cold over ice. Great for soothing a sore throat, an upset stomach or anytime you need to feel warmed to the core. It is delicious and good for you too. I like a cup after supper as it aids in digestion and warms me up and relaxes me before bed. Cheers, Michele