Luckily for me, The Chef recovered first and kindly waited on me and my snots. He made this soothing tonic one night and I am convinced it sped me on to a quicker recovery. Honey and lemon are one of those classic flavor combinations, sweet and tart, and the added zing of ginger keeps it interesting. I've already been daydreaming of making a sparkling, chilled version of this in the warmer months.
For 2-3 servings:
- 2-inch piece of fresh ginger
- 1 lemon, cut into quarters
- Honey, to taste
- 3 cups water
Peel and slice the ginger into thin strips. Mash it with the side of a knife to release the juices. Pack the ginger into a tea ball.
In a saucepan, add the water and the tea ball. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
Pour the hot ginger water into a glass, squeeze the wedge of lemon into it and stir in 1-2 teaspoons of honey. Taste and add more honey and lemon if desired.
The ginger water can be stored in the refrigerator until ready to reheat and use.