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OK, so I am not a winter person. Go figure, since I live in northeast PA, but it is what it is. I am also not a big fan of being cold, so when I do get cold, I instantly look for something hot to help warm me up. Usually this is either coffee or tea. I am trying not to drink a lot of coffee, mainly because I drink WAY too much of it as is, and as much as I love tea, I am usually not in the mood for it unless I am sick. So I turned to the web to see what I could find as an alternative. I was looking for something that was hot, sweet, and just plain good for you. That is when I found this recipe online for a warm, soothing winter drink. I jumped at the opportunity to try it. It is called "Winter Sore Throat 'Tea'," but I guarantee it will be a favorite all year long. This simple yet delicious drink is great not only if you are not feeling well, but it is PERFECT if you just want something hot to drink without all the excess of caffeine.
What you need to get started:
- 2 lemons thoroughly cleaned and sliced...
- 2 pieces of ginger about the size of your pointer and middle finger together, sliced into coin size pieces
- Honey (about one cup—maybe more)
You start by taking a clean 12oz glass jar. You can find these jars just about anywhere you find canning jars. In a 12oz jar, combine lemon slices and sliced ginger. Pour honey over it slowly. This may take a little time to let the honey sink down and around the lemon and ginger slices. Make sure when the honey has filled in all the voids, there is enough to cover the top of the lemon slices. Close jar and put it in the fridge, it will form into a "jelly."
I let mine sit in the fridge for a good day, just to be sure everything “mixed” together.
When you are ready, spoon some of the jelly into a mug and pour boiling water over it. Store in your fridge for two to three months. I have to tell you, mine NEVER lasts that long, but it can.
I made this for myself and LOVED it so much, I made a bunch more and gave them out as Christmas gifts to all of my family and friends. So far, everyone has told me how much they loved it and I can't wait to make more.
I give this to my kids when they are not feeling well, or just when they want something hot.
This is a super easy and a great treat that you will want to keep it on hand all year long.
Good luck, and stay warm!!