Yummy Citrus-Ginger Tea

tea.JPGI stopped drinking coffee several months ago and since have been consuming a lot of herbal tea. And our friend Taina recently introduced us to a fantastic tea blend (inspired by her mama friend Jess) that I’ve been enjoying daily (I am, in fact, enjoying a cup right this minute). One batch is great to share with friends after dinner, or to enjoy through the day, whether it sits stove top at home or in a travel thermos at work. And it seems to me that the citrus-ginger blend could help stave off, or at least soothe, winter colds.
I edited the original recipe to cut down on time and accommodate the teas I had on hand; substitutions are indicated below in brackets and work beautifully.

Yummy Citrus-Ginger Tea

  • Boil 6 cups of water.

  • Use a vegetable peeler to thinly slice a 1-2 inch piece of ginger into the water; boil for a 20- 30 minutes, scoop out the ginger. [Shortcut: use one ginger tea bag, steeped alongside tea bags in the next step.]

  • Turn off heat and add 3 tea bags of your choice (or more to make a stronger tea), e.g., citrus white tea, chamomile citrus with rosehips. Brew for about 5-7 minutes. [I used two bags of chamomile + one bag of a fruity flavor, e.g., orange spice, mango, peach, pomegranate.]

  • Add juice from one lemon and one lime. [I used bottled juice, which translates to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice + 1 tablespoon of lime juice.]

  • Add about 3 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of sugar. [Depending on how sweet you like your tea, start with less and adjust to taste.]

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