Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Moxie's Cold Cure-All

Moxie's Cold Cure-All

The Saucier Family is suffering with colds.  We came down with them during the last days of our holiday travels.  As I was drinking a hot cup of tea looking at cooking magazines, I found this cold cure drink in Bon Appetit.  What luck - I pulled myself up and made myself a cup.   I remember my mom making me a drink similar to this  when I was a kid sick with a cold or flu.
The recipe calls for fresh lemon juice, honey, grated ginger, echinacea extract, a pinch of cayenne pepper and boiling water.  I made a slight modification, instead of using grated ginger I used one Ginger tea bag and steeped the tea for 5 minutes.  Once the tea was steeped, I added the remaining ingredients and stirred.  The drink was very soothing with a kick of cayenne pepper.
This is a  great comforting drink when you are suffering from a cold.  You can also do variations with this drink.  As I stated earlier, I used a Ginger tea bag.  For my daughter Christie, I made the drink with a White Tea Peach and Ginger Tea bag.
Note: I have read, echinacea reduces the duration or severity of a cold.  However, in reading over various Medical Blogs, the evidence is inconclusive.  

Moxie's Cold Cure-All
Slightly Adapted from  Bon Appetit
Steeping Ginger Tea

Ingredients:

1 Ginger tea bag
1 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey or light agave syrup (nectar)
1/4 teaspoon super echinacea extract
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
Lemon slice for garnish

Directions:

1. Place tea bag in a large mug.  Pour boiling water in the mug and let the tea steep for 5 minutes.
2. Remove the tea bag and add remaining ingredients to the tea.  Stir until homey is dissolved.  Garnish with a lemon slice.  Let sit for 1 minuted before serving.

Makes 1 serving




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