I’m in love with immune-boosting ginger, I’ll take it in any form: pickled, sugared or pill, I can’t get enough of it. Ginger has a long history of being used to help with every stomach ailment known to man; including nausea, pain, inflammation, and acid reflux. As a long time stomach sufferer, I have spent my fair share of paychecks on artisanal ginger soda every time I hit a flare-up. Although, I felt healthier for choosing a small-brand instead of a major corporation I couldn’t get past all the added calories and sugar to my diet. That’s when I got the idea to whip up a batch of my own delicious spiced beverage so that I knew exactly what was going into my body.
Every ingredient in this is fantastic for your body. Lemon will provide some much-needed vitamin C for the upcoming colder months. High-quality local honey not only adds a delicious natural sweetness to your beverage but also helps with allergies which tend to flare up during transitioning weather. Cinnamon is a great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and the glorious Apple Cider Vinegar was prescribed by my gastroenterologist after stomach surgery to repair my esophagus. When a medical professional prescribes something you can buy at a grocery store that’s a seal of approval for me. Hot or cold, all year round this drink is a win and the fact that it will make your entire home smell incredible is just the cherry on the top!
*Holiday season quick tip, add some whiskey to a freshly brewed batch to create an update on a classic Hot Toddy!
8 cups of water
4 oz Ginger
2 Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
⅓ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
Pour 8 cups of water into a 3-quart pot and turn your burner on low. Grate 4 oz of ginger, juice one lemon and add to the pot. Add honey, cinnamon, and apple cider vinegar and bring water to a boil. Once boiling turn your burner down and let simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally. Once your hour is up, give your ingredients one last stir, add directly to a cup and enjoy!
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