My famous ginger, lemon, and honey elixir. Not really famous, it’s just something I whip up when I get sick. Koreans usually drink ginger tea when they get sick but I don’t really like ginger tea because it’s super sweet and that’s about it. So I decided to make my own concoction. Maybe it’s been done before, but I don’t know about it.
I first started making this elixir when my boyfriend and I got sick. Ginger was used for anti-inflammatory purposes. Lemon for it’s vitamin C to help build the immune system. And finally honey to coat the throat for its soothing properties.
There are three basic ingredients, but what stands out is the honey. Koreans make Yuzu honey tea, basically it is honey combined with the yuzu fruit which sort of forms a honey marmalade mixture. Koreans will take one or two spoonfuls of this honey and mix with hot water to make a tea.
As you can see, I use fresh ginger and freshly squeezed lemon. The only thing I didn’t make is the yuzu honey mixture. You can find this honey tea at Korean supermarkets such as Hmart.
*Side-note* Doesn’t my ginger look like a sea horse?
Ok, first things first. In order to make a large batch I used the following ingredients:
- One whole thing of ginger (about the size of a palm)
- An entire lemon, squeezed
- Put in many tablespoons of honey tea to taste – I lost count
- Hot water as desired
Okay, my recipe is a bit free-handed. I always go by taste more so than an actual recipe. The more ginger you add, the more spicier it becomes. The more honey, well you get the idea. It all depends on your desired taste level.
- Place the desired amount of ginger (peeled) into a blender
- Add desired amount of hot water. The hot water steeps the ginger.
- Pour in the fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Add the yuzu honey as desired.
Easy-peezy! I know.
If it’s too spicy, add more water and honey. Too sour? Add more honey and water. It’s hard to make it too sweet because you gradually add it until you think it would suffice. Remember to blend with the yuzu honey because there are rind pieces that I also like to make it drinkable instead of putting an effort into chewing it. When you’re sick, you don’t care to chew too much.
My version of this elixir tends to be more concentrated, so you can always add some hot water to the concentrated mixture to dilute it and voila you got yourself some awesome tea!
Questions? Let me know. Comment below and make sure to subscribe! Let me know if you made any changes of your own or created your own recipe based off of the ingredients above! I always like to know about new ways to make things!