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Ginger Lemon And Honey - A Delicious Health Drink
A Comforting Hot Drink In Winter, A Refreshing Cold Drink In Summer - Using Lemon, Ginger And Honey
What could be more comforting on a cold winter's day than curling up in the warmth of your home with a delicious drink which you know is also doing you good? Picture the scene: you've been out in the snow, and now you're indoors, with your boots off, snuggling into your favorite chair, sipping a steaming mug of lemon juice, ginger and honey which you prepared earlier.
Also I'm fed up with overly-sweet commercially bottled drinks whenever I need a summer cool-drink to sip outside in the shade whilst the sun beats down. Apart from the too-sweet taste, knocking back drinks which I know don't contain a shred of nourishment makes me feel a bit guilty.
So I've taken to making this tasty lemon, honey and ginger drink, which has a bit of a bite from the ginger. Drunk hot it's just right for a chilly day, and drunk cold, it's just right for a hot summer's day.
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Lemon, Ginger And Honey -- Equipment And Ingredients
Equipment Needed - Assemble These Before You Start
- Lemon squeezer
- Potato peeler
- Kitchen knife
- Chopping Board
- Small saucepan
- 5 Lemons
- Large piece of Ginger
- Honey to Suit Your Taste
This will make a concentrated lemon and ginger juice, to which you will add hot water. Some people like it strong, and some like it a little weaker, so just experiment until your lemon and ginger drink tastes just right. You can then drink it hot, luke-warm, or cold.
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12 - 14 Drinks
Instructions For Ginger, Lemon And Honey Drink
- Peel the ginger. Then grate it, using a blender or cheese grater. You can use the grating device on a food processor, but ginger is a bit stringy and clogs up the holes, so you might need to clean the grating plate mid-way, in order to complete the job.
- Squeeze the lemons. Scrape the lemons with a spoon or knife to get all the juicy bits. Remove the pips. Pour the juice into a saucepan. Add about six teaspoonfuls of honey for a fairly sour drink, or more honey for a sweeter drink. You can also sweeten the drink with sugar, or artificial sweetener such as Hermesetas or Stevia.
- Simmer the mixture for 3 or 4 minutes. Allow it to cool. Then pour it into containers. You will then have a concentrated mixture which should be stored in the fridge or freezer until required.
- Stir the lemon and ginger concentrate before using, and then put a small amount into a mug (about 1 - 2 tablespoons) and add hot or boiling water. Add more sweetening to taste if desired.
Save Time By Making More Ginger, Lemon And Honey Drink Than You Currently Need
The beauty of this drink is that you can make it in bulk, and store some of the concentrated mixture in the fridge, just pouring a little into a mug when you need it and adding boiling water. It keeps well.
If you make enough, you can also freeze some of it, to use in the following weeks - that's what I do, storing it in small pots. Better than buying fruit drinks from the shops, and at least you know where it's been.
These Are The Health Benefits For Ginger Honey And Lemon Drink
I am not a herbalist or a doctor, but the health properties of these three ingredients are announced everywhere
- Hot Lemon, Ginger and Honey is a very good Cold Remedy - These ingredients have been used in many countries over the centuries as natural herbal remedies
- Lemon is high in vitamin C
- Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties
- Honey has healing properties
As welll as prescribing a linctus, my own doctor suggested I should take these three products when I visited the surgery in May 2018, suffering from a bad cough, lots of mucous, a sore throat and blocked ears.
My daughter suggested that I keep a flask of the drink to keep it hot, so that I could drink it several times during the day. That was a very sensible idea.
Sometimes I Add Echinacea To The Lemon Ginger And Honey Drink
About Echinacea: The Health Benefits Of Echinacea To Protect From Colds And 'Flu Are Disputed
Echinacea is a herbal remedy derived from the plant echinacea purpurea. Some say it has no health benefits, others swear by it.
Someone recommended it to me many years ago, and I believe it works. I feel that my colds didn't last so long and the symptoms were relieved by the use of echinacea. It is also supposed to protect from colds, so I take it sometimes when other people close to me have a cold.
Those who are against it say that it is merely a placebo, with no other benefit.
Here's My Thirty-Year-Old Thermos Flask, Still Doing Valiant Service
For Ultra-Comfort, You Could Add A Splash Of Brandy Or Whiskey
(for medicinal purposes only, you understand!)
Just be careful not to overdo it just because it's comforting and tastes good - we don't want it to react badly with any medicines you are taking or make you comatose, do we?
But a little of what you fancy does you good (so I am told!). And, if you have a cold, what nicer way to fall asleep than being tucked up in bed with a steaming mug of lemon, honey, ginger and brandy?
This Is A Very Popular YouTube Video With Detailed Information From A Doctor
Here's Another Popular YouTube Video With Some Information About Health Benefits of Ginger
© 2013 Diana Grant
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RoadMonkey on January 15, 2019:
I love lemon ginger and honey but I never thought of making it in bulk! I always have fresh ginger in the fridge and I use bought lemon juice. One tip for grating ginger, don't grate it on the edge you cut, grate it on the side, you don't get those stringy bits then. An assistant in a health food shop told me that some years ago and I found it was true - grate it parallel to the length of the ginger tuber, not across it. I always keep echinacea in the house, it's best used when you first realise you are getting a cold, it can prevent them.
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on June 24, 2014:
@AcornOakForest: Sometimes I take a mug of it to bed at night, and leave some to drink in the morning instead of tea
Monica Lobenstein from Western Wisconsin on June 24, 2014:
I love ginger tea in winter! I haven't ever thought about drinking it cold though. I am pinning this.
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on January 04, 2014:
@Gypzeerose: That's a great endorsement - thanks!
Rose Jones on January 03, 2014:
I came back to review this tasty sounding drink because I work as an advice nurse and we are in the middle of flu and cold season. I recently read that honey is as good at calming coughing as Robitussin, and we recommend it as standard medical advice. Use as dark a honey as you can find - and local if you can get it. Also review the ingredients, I was horrified to find high fructose corn syrup as an ingredient in a honey. Ginger and lemon are fabulous too
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on December 30, 2013:
@Virginia Allain: Yes, it gives it a real tang - I love it
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on December 29, 2013:
I've been fixing tea with lemon and honey in it. Maybe a little ginger would go nicely with that.
Sharon Bellissimo from Toronto, Canada on December 25, 2013:
I am going to try this out. I like how you can make a big batch and keep it for use in the fridge, perfect! I have had friends recommend this drink to me when I had a cold but I can see the benefits to drinking it anytime for health. Thanks for the recipe. Cheers!
Don Wilson from Yakima, WA on December 24, 2013:
I like all the individual ingredients, so I'm sure I'll like the finished product, right? I bet it will taste (and feel) great as a hot drink on a cold winter day.
burntchestnut on December 24, 2013:
I like the idea of making a concentrate and using it when you want it.
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on July 24, 2013:
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Rose Jones on July 24, 2013:
The drink sounds healthy and delicious. Pinned to my beverages board.
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on July 22, 2013:
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LisaDH on July 22, 2013:
Alisha Vargas from Reno, Nevada on March 12, 2013:
This looks good! I'm going to have to make some up. We've had a cold for most of the winter and this looks like it will help our sore throats.
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on March 12, 2013:
I often drink hot honey and lemon. Your article reminded me how good that would taste right now so I have just put on the kettle.
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on March 12, 2013:
@AlleyCatLane: About two weeks, although I have recently kept it for three weeks without any ill effects. As it freezes well, it's worth doing a large batch and freezing most of it in several small plastic containers, so that you don't have a large quantity lying around and going off.
AlleyCatLane on March 12, 2013:
This one is getting bookmarked. How long does the mixture keep in the fridge?
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on February 12, 2013:
@favored: It's worth looking up on the internet - ginger receives so much praise
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on February 12, 2013:
@mechanicaleye: Yes, I've been having it twice a day
Mech from Bosnia and Herzegvina on February 12, 2013:
Just reading this lens made me feel a bit warmer - and it's freezing here! :)
miaponzo on February 12, 2013:
This is definitely a warming and soothing drink... great for keeping the immune system going strong as well!
Fay Favored from USA on February 11, 2013:
I didn't know that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. Good info especially for winter.
Diana Grant (author) from United Kingdom on February 03, 2013:
@Black Phanter: That sounds nice - I shall have to try that
Ali bin Musa from Malaysia on February 02, 2013:
I regularly drink ginger with some honey and milk. Will try yours later anyway this lens is awesome!