When my sweetheart was suffering from bronchitis, and everyone else around me seemed to be getting sick, I concocted this hot drink. It soothes a sore throat, with the honey acting as an anti-inflammatory, fighting infection and tasting great. Ginger has antibacterial and pain-killing properties, and warms you up. The lemon has vitamin C and boosts the immune system. Black pepper can help ease a sore throat and is an appetizer. The warmth of a hot drink itself makes you feel good, and drinking liquids is important, and since this is so yummy you should have no problem getting it down. You can also add whiskey, which will numb your throat a bit, and might make you sleepy so you can get the rest you need when you’re sick.
What you need:
a knob of ginger
What you do:
1. Slice the ginger and put it in a small pot with some water and 8-10 peppercorns. Let this boil for at least 10 minutes.
2. Boil some water.
3. Put about 1/3 cup of the ginger liquid into a mug.
4. Squeeze the juice from 1/2 a large lemon, or one whole small lemon. Pour this into the mug.
5. Add about a teaspoon of honey, or more to taste.
6. Add a shot of whiskey if you are using it. Top the mug up with the boiling water, give it a stir, and it’s ready to go.
I love ginger beer that has a strong ginger bite, and not too much sugar. Here’s a really easy recipe that costs very little to make your own ginger beer. You just need to plan a couple of days ahead of time to let the yeast work its magic. This is a non-alcoholic drink; nothing to do with real beer! Some people like to mix it with beer, though, but I prefer a little rum, or just on its own.
What you need:
a clean 2 litre plastic pop bottle
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger(I keep my ginger in the freezer – it grates easily that way)
1/4 teaspoon baker’s yeast
juice of 1 lemon or lime
What you do:
1. Using a funnel, pour the sugar into the bottle. Add the yeast.
2. Mix the lemon juice with the grated ginger. Add this mixture to the bottle.
3. Add some cold water, put the cap on the bottle, then give it a shake until all the sugar dissolves.
4. Add more cold water to the bottle until it is filled to about 3 cm away from the top of the bottle.
5. After closing the bottle, place it in a warm place for a day or two. If you give the bottle a squeeze now you will notice that it has some give to it. You will know the ginger beer is done when you squeeze the bottle and it is firm and no longer has any give to it. At this point you need to put it in the fridge so the yeast stops working.
Because there are bits of ginger in the bottle, you need to strain it before you serve it. I just do this as I am pouring each glass.