I’ve been having a spring flu lately, and this drink is what is starting to make me feel better. Heikki says that if I believe it cures me, it will, and I am a firm believer in ginger tea – I drink it when I feel down or have a back ache or feel that flu is in the air, and I always feel better afterwards. These past few days I have started to boost my ginger tea with fresh orange juice, and now I’ve almost conquered the damn virus!
And this drink is really really good, especially when sweetened with agave syrup. Some believe that sugar isn’t good for a flu, but I don’t think a teaspoon or two of agave syrup ever hurt anyone. I have a feeling that this would be a great summer drink too, only chilled and served over ice.
My Tea Recipe:
- 1/2 l water
- 2 tablespoons ginger, chopped
- (1/2 teaspoon ginger, grated -optional)
- 1 teaspoon whole cardamom seeds (or a few crackled pods)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- juice of one orange
- (agave syrup to taste)
First I let the 2 tablespoons of chopped ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon simmer in the water for ten to fifteen minutes, then remove the pot from heat, and add the orange juice. I sometimes add the extra grated ginger and let the drink steep for 5 more minutes to get a fresh ginger bite as well. Then I filter it in a jug, and sweeten with some agave syrup.
I often double the recipe, and sometimes use the dried ginger root called sonti – it has an even more potent and fiery taste than the fresh root, but takes a little more effort to ground.