The weather has turned from unseasonably warm and sunny to February's usual damp cold. As a result, I found myself up at four in the morning, drinking tea, and searching for ways to sooth laryngitis. Salt gargle. Check. Steaming your head. Check. Eating garlic. Check. And then I found it. Ginger Tea.
I have always loved ginger, from chewy candied ginger to sharp ginger beer. Unfortunately, most people do not like it as sharp as I do and refined sugar is added to most ginger products. But this tea? Its sharp yet rounded flavor won me over the moment I took my first sip.
an original recipe
2 quarts of water 1 inch peeled fresh ginger, sliced into thin rounds
Put the water on the stove in a small pot and heat to boiling. Add the ginger slices and lower the heat to simmering for 30 minutes. Strain out the ginger. Drink hot (best for a sore throat) or place in the fridge to chill for later.
Stir into hot or cold ginger tea.