I’m in love with this recipe from Letitia L. Star at Mother Earth Living.com. I’ve been a bit under the weather after all the Christmas feasting and wanted something along the lines of a lemon and ginger drink. This recipe goes further, introducing lavender (which I just happen to have growing in the garden) and herbal tea which provides further flavour and health benefits.
I made only one or two tweaks – while the recipe suggests green tea, I reckon you can add any flavoured herbal tea you fancy. I added a raspberry leaf tea to mine and look forward to trying out a range of fruit tea flavours in the future. I also added the clove of garlic into the mix at the beginning, rather than at the end of the process; I bruised it with a knife as opposed to crushing it completely so that its flavour wasn’t too intense.
And, oh my… it was really delicious.. surprisingly so! While the recipe calls for it to be hot, I actually had mine cold (the photography session always comes first!), and loved it. I can see me enjoying this as a hot drink in the winter and a cool, tall drink with ice in the summer. Divine.
LEMON, GINGER & LAVENDER ‘HOT TODDY’
Serves: 1 large glass or 2 small ones
- 2 cups water
- Fresh juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons lavender buds
- 1 teaspoon ginger (or a small peeled knob of fresh ginger)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar, to taste
- 2 green tea bags or 2 tablespoons loose green tea (or choose your favourite herbal tea instead)
- 1 to 2 crushed (or bruised for a more subtle flavour) raw garlic cloves (optional)
- Combine water, lemon juice, lavender, ginger, sweetener, garlic (if using) and tea bags in a saucepan. Bring to boil. Remove from heat and steep for at least 5 minutes.
- Strain the brew and pour into a cup or glass. Enjoy warm or cold.