If you are feeling run down by the pace of the holidays, what with Christmas shopping, baking, travelling, and over-boozing at parties – I think I have a special drank for you, beautiful. An elixir, if you will. Sounds medicinal, right? Maybe it is. My mother likes to boil ginger in honey and drink a home-made tea of that when she is feeling under the weather or nauseated. This is kind of like that but with the added bonus of cardamom, cayenne, mint and turmeric!
This drink is super spicy and tastes like righteousness and reversal. I think I can feel it going straight to my liver, in a good way. Not sure what that means, but I now know what it tastes like…
Turmeric Ginger Elixir for Holiday Detox
Adapted from Food and Wine
1/4 cup honey
One 4-inch cinnamon stick
2 green cardamom pods
2 large mint leaves
Two pinches of cayenne
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
4 ounces fresh turmeric
One 4-inch piece of fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
In a small saucepan, bring 2 1/2 cups of water to a boil with the honey, cinnamon stick and cardamom over moderate heat. Remove from the heat and whisk in the mint, cayenne and salt. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled. Discard the cinnamon stick, cardamom and mint.
In an electric juicer, juice the turmeric and ginger. Whisk the juice with the spiced honey syrup and the lemon juice. Serve chilled. – I wanted to stretch my juice out and so I diluted the honey/turmeric/ginger concentrate in L’Croix plain sparkling water. Poinsettas and flowers a loving gift from KP– awwwww.