If you search for ginger tea on Google there are two types of links you will find: one the health benefits and second all kind of different recipes.
I will not go in to detail about the health benefits, but let’s say this is the perfect Fall/Winter drink.
About the recipes, you will find numerous versions. Some with just water and ginger, while others have a long list of different ingredients. My version is just that, my version. So feel free to add ingredients, or leave some out. Also the quantities are adjustable, if you like ginger a lot, add some more, if not…
*Note: My version is slightly darker than most teas you will find. Probably because I used tumeric, which colours orange, and I use a lot of cinnamon since it is a natural sweetener.
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon fresh tumeric (optional)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon or 1 stick
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 6 cups water
- maple syrup
- Peel the ginger root and the tumeric with a peeler.
- Slice the ginger and tumeric thin.
- Boil the water in a saucepan, add ginger and tumeric.
- Also add the cinnamon and the cayenne pepper.
- Let simmer on a small fire for 15 minutes.
- If you used a cinnamon stick, remove, and mix everything in a blender.
- Strain the tea if you want to.
- Add tle lemon juice and maple syrup to taste.
- Drink hot or cold.
Now you could drink this tea like this, or you could spike it up with rum, hot or cold.
For the cold version I based myself on the classic cocktail ‘Dark and Stormy’. But instead of using ginger beer, you use this ginger tea.
- 2 ounces Mount Gay Black Barrel rum
- 3 ounces ginger tea (strained)
- lime wedge
- Build the ingredients in a glass filled with ice cubes.
- Garnish with a lime wedge
About Mount Gay Black Barrel
Black Barrel is a unique small-batch, hand-crafted rum created to commemorate the 310th year anniversary of Mount Gay. Like all their rums, double-pot and single column distillates are aged separately in whiskey barrels until they reach maturity. The Master Blender then mixes a higher proportion of double distillates to create this special blend. Aged again in deeply charred bourbon barrels (hence the name), adding a rich complexity and a warm, smooth finish.