Batter Licker

December 9, 2011

ginger cinnamon tea

I’m sick. Again. Jay brought something home at the beginning of the week, and the stuffy nose, plugged up ears and sore throat are now launching a full attack on my immune system.

Anyone else think sore throats are the absolute worst? Even cough drops aren’t helping me out this time around. To feel any relief whatsoever, I have to keep pumping hot herbal tea down my throat.

Normally, that would mean quite a few bags of tea – not to mention trips to the restroom. But as I sucked down my initial mugful this morning, I boiled up a potful of homebrewed tea.

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It might sound complicated, but it’s not. For me, uncomplicated is key when I’m sick.

I had some cinnamon sticks and a leftover nub of ginger on hand, so I just boiled them with a lot of water while marking up a licensing agreement during the first 45 minutes of work this morning. And I’ve been going back to refill my mug ever since.

The spicy ginger and warming cinnamon, along with a squeeze of acidic lemon and several squeezes of honey, have given me so much relief from this horrible sore throat – way more effective than costly and, for me, ineffective cough drops.

As long as I keep my pantry stocked with these essentials – and fizzy bubblech ingredients – for the entire cold season, I’ll be prepared to combat any illness that comes my way with some killer liquids.

Ginger Cinnamon Tea

2-inch piece of ginger (about 2 Tbsp.), sliced in chunks
1 cinnamon stick
6 c. water
lemon wedge

In a medium pot, bring ginger, cinnamon and water to a boil. Reduce to simmer, and cover. Simmer until the water darkens and cinnamon stick starts to uncurl, about 45 to 60 minutes. Strain out ginger and cinnamon. Pour into mugs or refrigerate for later use. Season to taste with lemon juice and honey.

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