Lemongrass and Ginger Brew
Salabat (ginger brew), often sweetened with honey and flavored with a little lemon juice, is reputedly good to combat colds and coughs (and, for singers, preserve voice quality). It is a spicy drink though and newbies might find it overpowering. Something less spicy and more aromatic? Would using less ginger and more lemon juice do the trick? That would make the brew too tart and that can irritate the throat. The solution I decided on: a combination of ginger and lemongrass.Soothing and warming. With a bit of honey, it is sweet without being cloying. A truly great drink for a cold or rainy day. Best part of all? Lemongrass and ginger brew is made with natural ingredients only.
- 2 to 3 thumb-sized knobs ginger rinsed, scrubbed, rinsed again and thinly sliced (no, there is no need to peel)
- 6 stalks lemongrass white part only, bruised and thinly sliced
- honey to taste
- Place the sliced ginger and lemongrass in a pot.
- Pour in six and a half cups of water.
- Bring to the boil then immediately lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Turn off the heat.
- Leave to infuse for another 10 minutes.
- Pour into cups.
- Stir in honey.
- Serve hot.
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