Honey Bomb!

When any of us start feeling sick in “Angies house” we reach for Honey Lemon Tea, sleep with the onions and now use the Honey Bomb !!!!

Sounds like a silly cold and flu commercial 😀 😀

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I’ve noticed that most of these “mixtures” contain 4 key ingredients, honey, turmeric, ginger, lemon and sometimes pepper.

All of these natural ingredients have great healing properties.

Honey is one of my favorites, it has a powerhouse of health benefits.

My sister introduced me to turmeric,  a very strong antioxidant, considered a herb that cleanses the whole body, especially the liver. It is used to support digestion, treat fever, infections and inflammations. The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin and has been proved to have similar effects as anti-inflammatory medicine. Turmeric and black pepper is a great pair to match. The black pepper helps to enhance the bioavailability of curcumin by a thousand times.

Ginger has antibiotic effects and can help digestion, detoxification, infections, inflammation, joint pain, circulation, nausea (also pregnancy nausea) and motion sickness.

Lemons are alkalizing for the body, are acidic to begin with but they are alkaline-forming on body fluids helping to restore balance to the body’s pH, rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work against infections like the flu and colds.

and last but not least Pepper “the worlds healthiest food”:  black peppercorns contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Iron is essential for cellular respiration and blood cell production. They are also an excellent source of many vital B-complex groups of vitamins such as Pyridoxine, riboflavin, thiamin and niacin. Peppercorns are also a good source of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-C and vitamin-A. They are also rich in flavonoid polyphenolic anti-oxidants like carotenes, cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lycopene. These compounds help the body remove harmful free radicals and help protect from cancers and disease.

Most of us have a virtual medicine cabinet in our your spice rack!

So here it is the “Honey Bomb” courtesy of Green Kitchen Stories.

 

Ginger & Turmeric Honey Bomb
Makes 1/2 cup

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1/2 cup / 120 ml honey (preferable organic unheated)
2-4 tbsp freshly grated ginger (or ground ginger), depending on how strong you prefer
2 tsp ground turmeric (or freshly grated turmeric if you can find it)
1 organic unwaxed lemon, freshly grated zest
2 pinches ground black pepper

Stir together all ingredients in a bowl. Taste and add more ginger or turmeric if needed. Aim for a really strong flavor, you’ll only add a few teaspoons to a cup of water. Store the Ginger & Turmeric Honey Bomb in a glass container. Boil a cup of water and let slightly cool (to keep the benefits from the honey intact), stir in a few teaspoons of the honey mixture and drink. You can of course also add this to your favorite brewed tea.

 

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FUn FriDaY SwiTchy

Well guys….I’m still alcohol free…well except for last night I shared a beer with a friend and it was a Blue Light so it doesn’t really count! 😀

Here is another awesome alcohol free summer cocktail,this ginger punch is flavored with lemon juice and sweetened with honey and molasses for a refreshing drink that quenches even the fiercest summer thirst.  (Could add vodka) 😀

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Haymaker’s Ginger Switchel

Ingredients

  • 9 cup(s) water, divided
  • 1/4 cup(s) minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup(s) honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup(s) molasses
  • 3/4 cup(s) lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup(s) cider vinegar
  • Fresh berries, mint sprigs or lemon slices for garnish

Directions

  1. Combine 3 cups water with ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let infuse for 15 minutes.
  2. Strain the ginger-infused water into a pitcher, pressing on the ginger solids to extract all the liquid. Add honey (or maple syrup) and molasses; stir until dissolved. Stir in lemon juice, vinegar and the remaining 6 cups water. Chill until very cold, at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Stir the punch and serve in tall glasses over ice cubes. Garnish with berries, mint sprigs or lemon slices, if desired.

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Copy Cat Day!! – Lemon Honey Tea Mix

Just before Christmas I found a recipe for a Lemon Honey Tea Mix.

This is the best cold and flu drink I think I’ve ever had, I was looking for tea recipes and came across this one from the Lightly Crunchy blog site.

In a previous post my sister had made a similar tea .

 whole lemon and ginger tea with honey

I made up quite a few jars of this for Christmas gifts, my whole family loves it, and we’ve refilled our jar many times over the last couple of weeks.

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The following is what I found on Lightly Crunchy:

You can find a similar product to the pre-mix that I made in Asian or Korean markets, called Yuja Cha. It’s like a citrus marmelade, but is used for hot teas or mixed with cold water for a summer drink. You can easily make some up yourself and because honey never goes bad, is antibacterial and a natural preservative, this will keep for months in the fridge. The components will break down over time and become more marmelade-like. I’ve read that some Korean households keep topping up the honey and lemon and keep the jar going continuously.

Honey Ginger Lemon Tea Mix

  • 1/4 to 1/2 of an organic lemon
  • fresh ginger
  • honey (raw)

Thinly slice the lemon and peel and thinly slice or mince the ginger (I used between 1-2 tsp of minced ginger, you can use your judgement about how much you’d like). I cut the slices into quarters to help them break down faster in the honey. Arrange the lemons (take out the seeds first) and ginger in layers in a clean, sterile jar and cover with honey. Refrigerate until needed. Use a large tbsp of the mixture in a mug of hot water to make tea.

Or if you just want to make yourself a quick mug of tea, you can use these measurements:

Honey Lemon Ginger Tea (1 mug)

  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey

Put ginger in a small bowl and pour 1 cup boiling water over it. Allow it to steep for 5 minutes. Strain into a mug and add in lemon juice and honey. Add more honey, to taste, if needed.

To further kick it up a notch, add a shot of whisky and a pinch of cayenne. If it doesn’t cure what ails you, it might at least help you go to sleep.

Fabulous Festive Friday Cosmo Cocktail

This could become one of my new favorites , it requires a little work , but well worth it!!!

Not only is this drink tasty, low in calories but it has a little hint of health mixed in…what more could I ask for.

Nutritional info at the bottom,  a first for me an alcoholic drink with Nutritional info attached 🙂

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Make the base for these pomegranate cosmopolitans ahead of time and shake individual cocktails “to order.” Or for individual drinks, combine 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) each pomegranate juice and vodka, 4 teaspoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon Cointreau, 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger juice and 1/2 teaspoon sugar.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/4 cups pomegranate juice
  • 2 1/4 cups vodka
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 3/4 cup Cointreau, or Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 cup ginger juice, (see Note)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, preferably superfine “bar sugar,” plus more for the rims
  • Strips of lime zest, for garnish

PREPARATION

  1. Mix pomegranate juice, vodka, lime juice, Cointreau (or Grand Marnier), ginger juice and sugar in a large pitcher.
  2. For each drink, fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, add 1/2 cup Cosmo mix, and shake until the shaker turns frosty and cold. Dip the rim of a martini (or highball) glass into water and then in sugar (to “sugar the rim”). Strain the drink into the martini glass (or over fresh ice in the highball glass). Garnish with a twist of lime zest, if desired.

TIPS & NOTES

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 1 and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • Note: We use bottled ginger juice (pressed ginger root) to add the taste of fresh ginger without the work of mincing or grating. Use it to flavor drinks, stir-fries, marinades or anywhere you’d use fresh ginger. Find it in specialty stores or online at gingerpeople.com.

NUTRITION

Per serving: 188 calories; 0 g fat ( 0 g sat , 0 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 17 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 4 mg sodium; 107 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

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My sisters Tea

whole lemon and ginger tea with honey

(Photo credit: sweetbeetandgreenbean)

My sister made up a concoction yesterday with ginger,orange and lemon.  It’s really simple, she didn’t give me quantities but she’d made enough for approximately 4 cups , it was really good and the ginger flavor really came out in this tea.

This tea is a great way to detox . Ginger soothes the stomach, reduces inflammation, and increases circulation. Lemon is an antioxidant and an excellent source of vitamin C. Honey is a natural anti-bacterial and immunity booster. Perfect for the upcoming flu season or any time.

  • 4 cup hot water
  • ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 a lemon sliced
  • 1/2 orange sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey (or agave if you prefer)

Boil water first.

Then add peeled ginger and lemon simmer for about 20 minutes.

Then drizzle in the honey.

This one is good warm as well and packed with antioxidants

Winter Orange Pomegranate Tea

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 navel orange, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 3 inches stick cinnamon, broken
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 4 orange-flavored or black tea bags (decaffeinated, if you like)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 -3 tablespoons sugar
  • 12 orange wedges or chunks
  • 6 lime wedges or chunks
  • 6 6-inch wooden skewers
  • Ice cubes
In a medium saucepan, combine water, orange slices, cinnamon and cloves. Bring just to boiling; remove from heat. Add tea bags. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags; discard. Strain tea mixture through a fine mesh strainer; discard orange slices and spices.

In a glass pitcher, combine strained tea mixture, orange juice, pomegranate juice and sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

To serve:Place 2 orange wedges and 1 lime wedge onto each skewer. Serve tea in glasses filled with ice cubes. Add fruit skewers to each glass.