Hot ginger lemon honey water

I desperately want to call it tea, but apparently its just flavored hot water.  But don’t let semantics get in the way of you and this splendid concoction.  On a recent month-long trek through southern India, I grew very fond of drinking tea and other hot beverages to cool me down at the end of a long day or following a searingly spicy dinner.  This is one of my favorites.  It incorporates sweet, spicy, and sour flavors into one distinctly pleasant taste.  It is also very healthy.  Ginger aids in digestion, kills bacteria, and reduces nausea and stomach upsets (especially when traveling in India!).  Lemon is also a natural antiseptic that contains Vitamins B, C and Calcium.

Hot lemon ginger honey water in Kumily, Kerala, India

Hot lemon ginger honey water in Kumily, Kerala, India

The honey in India tastes slightly bitter and is much darker than what you would find in your average grocer in the US.  It is delightfully sweet and tastes as if it was hand squeezed from honeycomb just for you.

Hot ginger lemon honey water

This is incredibly easy.  Chop up a 1-2 inch piece of ginger into long strips.  Boil 5 cups of water.  Steep the ginger in a pot with the juice of one lemon.  Serve with honey alongside.  All of the latter measurements can be adjusted to your liking.  Drink when sick and I promise the world will become nice to you very soon after.

-Jon.

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