Last week I came down with a horrible cold, despite it being the middle of summer here in Australia. I don’t like taking medicine unless I have to, so dosed myself up with plenty of cold-fighting foods like bone broth, lacto-fermented garlic and lemons.
Since I was sick for the whole week, I had plenty of time to experiment with remedies, and also came up with a new cold-fighting “tea” recipe, that was soothing and immune-boosting. I based it on a lemongrass iced tea that a friend and I had recently.
This tea works either hot or cold. I originally meant to drink it as an iced tea because the weather is warm, but it was very soothing to drink warm.
Ingredients (makes roughly 1L/1qt)
1 lemon, sliced
1 Tbsp lemongrass, sliced finely
3cm (1in) piece of ginger, sliced finely
3 kaffir lime leaves
1 Tbsp honey
Place all ingredients except honey into a large glass or glass jar (around 750mL). Fill the glass with boiling water and leave to steep for at least ten minutes. Stir in enough honey to taste.
You can drink the tea immediately, or you can leave it to cool down and then put it in the fridge to make iced tea. The ingredients will make more than one batch, just top up with more boiling water and honey.