If you are looking for a way to promote good health, honey should definitely be a part of your food plan. The consumption of natural foods has many benefits on our well being. In addition, honey is often used to ease the discomfort of sore throats or coughs. Use this easy recipe to make your own infused lemon, ginger and honey tonic.
Lemon, Ginger & Honey Tea Benefits
You don’t have to reach for the latest concoction at the supermarket. As the season for sniffles approaches, consider using some everyday items to create a soothing tea drink.
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Lemons are a popular fruit that is used in the kitchen in many ways. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and other antioxidants.
Providing several different vitamins, lemon juice is a traditional ingredient in hot teas. However, due to the strong taste – lemons are not commonly ingested alone!
Ginger is another popular home remedy for relief from coughs and sore throats. It is also antibacterial, antiviral and an antioxidant. Ginger is often used as a soother for the tummy.
Honey is a gift from the beehive that we use in so many ways. It is made by bees from nectar they gather from blooming plants. It is a perfect food for the bees to store over Winter.
This long lasting quality of honey makes it a wonderful food product for long term storage for us as well. Every home should have a jar of honey in the pantry.
Creating Infused Honey
These 3 wonderful ingredients combine to produce a soothing tonic for minor cold symtoms. I even use it when my sinuses are causing my throat to be sore. Not a cure – just some much needed relief.
Infusing honey is easy. Start with a mild flavored honey that is warmed to 115°F. Add the flavoring of your choice. In this tutorial, we are using lemon and ginger.
The warmed honey and additives is then allowed to sit in the sealed jars for a period of a few days or more. Some recipes for infused honey direct you to strain it to remove solids
You do not need many items for this simple project. Even though I have not listed it, you do need a little patience. Make your lemon, ginger and honey tonic ahead of time so you have some on hand.
Jar with Lid: I choose the pint size jar which will hold approximately 22 ounces (net weight) of honey. Honey is sold and measured by weight not volume.
If you purchase a pint jar of honey you will have a little left over after you add in the solid ingredients. Store your honey properly and it will last virtually forever.
Honey: I always recommend raw honey. It has not been over processed and still maintains all its natural goodness. The flavor or variety does not really matter. Simple wildflower honey is just fine.
Ginger: Ginger root is easily found in the produce section of your local supermarket. Choose a root that is plump and not too dried out. Avoid any roots that have soft spots or are very wrinkled.
Lemon: You need a real lemon for this one. I do not suggest using bottled juice.
Honey Infused with Lemon and Ginger Recipe
- Pint Jar with lid
- double boiler set
- 22 ounces Honey
- 1 piece lemon
- 1 inch ginger root
- Peel a 1 inch piece of raw ginger. Using a knife, slice the ginger. It is okay to make the slices thin or thicker – either way you prefer.
- Slice one whole lemon in equal width slices. Add the lemon slices and ginger pieces to the glass jar.
- Using a double boiler, heat your honey to a temp of 115 degrees F. We do not normally recommend heating raw honey because it may destroy some of the nutrients. However, for infusing – warm honey works best.
- Pour the warmed honey into the jar containing the lemon slices and ginger pieces. Now, add a lid to the jar and invert the jar several times to mix well.Leave the sealed jar sitting in a warm place for several days. You may want to periodically invert the jar to mix but that is optional. After a few days, your infused honey is ready to use.
How to Use the Tonic Drink
Once this process is complete, you have a jar of concentrated goodness. Don’t drink it straight – that might be a bit too much.
My favorite way to use this lemon, ginger and honey infusion is to add it to a hot tea. I add 2 large tablespoons to a cup of hot tea.
You can add more if you wish. Choose the amount that your taste buds prefer. It feels very good on a tender throat.
After a couple of days, you may want to store your infused honey mix in the refrigerator. This can prolong freshness.
Shelf-Life of Infused Honey Teas
While pure honey will last indefinitely, infused honey may not. This is especially true when we are adding any liquid to the honey.
When using wet ingredients such as lemons, the honey will pull the moisture from the lemon slices and become thinner. High moisture honey can ruin or ferment.
If your jar of infused honey begins to smell yeast-like, it is time to throw it out and make a new batch.
This is why I like to make it in a small pint jar. For one person, you might even consider using a half-pint size.
This is just one of the many wonderful uses for honey. Enjoy this sweet treat the next time your family needs a soothing hot drink.