By popular demand, I’m posting a quick recipe for my amazing morning tea this week! You’ve probably heard people talk about drinking freshly squeezed lemon in hot water first thing in the morning. (I’ll spare you the nitty-gritty details about enzymes, detoxifying properties, and the all-around amazingness of fresh lemons. Google it if you need to know the specifics.)
Anyway. I indulge in a fantabulous elixir every single morning. All it takes is a few simple ingredients and approximately 5 minutes, but every time I drink this tea, it makes me feel one step closer to being a superhero! You can mix things up depending on the season and on your personal preferences, but here are the building blocks for The Best Morning Tea You’ll Ever Drink.
You Will Need:
– Hot, near-boiling water (enough for one large mug)
-1 inch/2.5cm piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced into thin coins
– 1 inch/2.5cm piece of fresh turmeric root, sliced into thin coins (not necessary to peel)
– Juice of 1/2 to 1 medium lemon, freshly squeezed (I take around 1oz of juice in my tea, but you can start off with less if the tang is too intense)
– 1 inch cinnamon stick OR pinch of cayenne pepper, to taste
How to Make It:
1. Peel and chop ginger root, placing coins at the bottom of your tea mug.
2. Meanwhile, bring water to a near boil on the stovetop or in a tea kettle.
3. Chop turmeric root, placing coins with the ginger at the bottom of your tea mug. (Careful– fresh turmeric stains everything!)
4. Squeeze lemon and set aside.
5. Pour near-boiling water over the fresh ginger and turmeric root coins. Let sit for 2 minutes before adding freshly squeezed lemon juice.
6. If you are using cinnamon root, steep with ginger and turmeric before adding lemon juice. If you are using cayenne pepper, sprinkle on after you add lemon juice.
7. Strain if desired before drinking. (I just let everything sit in my mug and drink around the chunks of ginger and turmeric. I’m
lazy classy like that.)
8. Make a second cup of tea using the same ginger and turmeric pieces (and cinnamon stick, if applicable)– just add new water and fresh lemon juice.
Options and Substitutes
– The turmeric root isn’t a necessary ingredient, but it sure tastes amazing! (Fresh turmeric root can be purchased in your grocery store in the produce section– usually close to the ginger, onions, and garlic. Store on the counter top at room temperature.)
– This tea can be chilled and served iced, though the liver-boosting properties work best with warm tea.
– You don’t really *have* to peel the ginger root if it’s organic, but the peel always seems thicker on ginger compared to turmeric, so I like to take it off before adding it to my tea
– Cinnamon sticks are my latest addition to this tea. In the summer, I prefer cinnamon, and in the winter, I choose cayenne pepper instead. You don’t have to add either of these ingredients– the elixir is just as yummy and immune-enhancing when it’s plain lemon and ginger in warm water.
– I would avoid making this tea with powdered turmeric root… unless you don’t mind having yellow lips all day.
Questions? Comments? I’d love to hear them!
Let me know if there’s a morning ritual that brings you one step closer to your super powers. Tea? Flossing? Meditation? Abdominal crunches? 🙂