Tea simply began as a way to infuse herbs and plants into a form of medicine. Over the years it has turned into a beverage to satiate and even energize thousands of drinkers. With specialized tea rooms and countless varieties available worldwide, it’s even more popular than coffee, and something many can do at home with local and easy to come by ingredients.
In my effort to disclose all things incredibly satiating and delicious, it’s a welcome surprise when I can find foods in my journey that also heal and nourish. Take for example when you meld potent ginger into a hot water bath and then infuse it with the floral essence of honey, in a hot steaming water bath. Your nose takes in the aromatics, while your mouth is taken unaware as the golden liquid starts to open up on the tip of your tongue. The sweet, pungent nectar awakes your insides to the world of possibilities while rejuvenating your soul and allowing you to take a moment to savor something so simple, and yet so satisfying.
The added benefits it has to offer you body are an added bonus. Ginger, a root used worldwide in hundreds of applications is known mainly as a digestive aid. It can help reduce inflammation, stimulate immunity and even help to energize. Honey is equally as renowned across the world. Known for being anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, it’s also nature’s sweet nectar that gives us countless nutrients helps stave off unwanted intruders through helping to build our immunities.
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
― C.S. Lewis
I offer you this delicious drink as a way to slow down and savor two of the world’s most fantastic and wonderful ingredients.
To full plates and eating your tarte out,
- 4 cups of water
- 1 3" piece of ginger root
- 4 tablespoons of honey
- Prep your ginger by scrubbing it really well, or by peeling it to the best of your ability. Cut into thin slices and score both sides with the tip of your knife.
- Add your water and ginger to a sauce pan on medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Lower the heat and allow to simmer.
- For a potent tea, simmer for about one hour. Lessen the cook time if you want a more subtle flavor, tasting as you go.
- Strain and discard the ginger. Stir in honey, adding more in to balance out the flavors if needed. Serve hot.
- If wanting to heighten your presentation and add more flavor, add a sprinkle of orange zest right before serving. You can also garnish with a orange zest spiral. Twist spiral over the tea prior to serving so the oils can infuse, and garnish as desired.