This ginger tea is immune boosting, energizing and delicious!
Every day at around 3 o’clock I inevitably fall victim to the afternoon slump! I need a pick me up to make sure I have enough energy to wrap up my work and start the evening activities. This tea is my answer.
I used to reach for the coffee but being the caffeine lightweight that I am this would often end up giving me the jitters. So I started making tea. In the morning I’m an Orange Pekoe with a load of milk kind of girl (so very British). But in the afternoon this doesn’t quite fit for me. So I started on green tea. I love green tea by itself especially some of the flavored ones, but it still didn’t seem like a robust enough drink to get me out of that slump. So I started to add some of my favorite ingredients.
Over many weeks and months I’ve been experimenting, until I developed the ideal blend. Now I’ve found my perfect afternoon drink and I’m going to share it with you. I started out making a single cup of this every day, but it was time-consuming so I decided to make it ahead for the week. I store it in a large mason jar in the fridge. Now that it’s warm outside I drink it cold but you can reheat it too.
What you’ll need to make about 6 mugs or large glasses:
- 9 cups of water
- 3 green teabags (see below)
- 2 lemons (sliced)
- 4 inches of fresh ginger root (thinly sliced or grated)
- 6 teaspoons of honey
- Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan
- Add the teabags, lemon slices and ginger and simmer for a couple of minutes
- Take off the heat and let steep for 10-15 minutes
- Add the honey and mix until dissolved
- Strain the tea into a large glass jar or jug
- Enjoy warm or over ice
So what’s so great about this tea aside from it being delicious?
Well, where do I start?
The green tea itself is rich in antioxidants and may also boost metabolism. You can use any green tea you like; I have so many that I love so I tend to change it up week-to-week. At the moment my favorites are Jasmine Green Tea, Earl Grey Green Tea and David’s Toasted Walnut Green Tea. The lemon also has many health-boosting properties such as being loaded with Vitamin C and aiding in digestion. The ginger is my favorite part. Not only does it taste oh so good, but it has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. It also aids in digestion and can even help reduce muscle pain. The honey, aside from tasting delicious, is full of…well, okay, it’s full of sugar. But at least it’s natural sugar and there are a few other goodies in there too such as antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
I hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think!