Hannah Scribbles

Homemade Ginger Tea, like Whoa! (imprecise recipe)

In Creative on January 27, 2015 at 7:32 pm

I just finished my first batch of homemade ginger tea, and my taste buds are dancing. As I sat pondering how I could live 24 years without knowing the perfect blend of subtle ginger spice and honey, I realized the answer was simple: there is no One True Recipe.

As much as my friends tease me for “substituting ingredients” (my words, not theirs), I have always hated the imprecise cooking. A “pinch” of salt? A “dash” of vanilla? When there’s a specific chemical reaction we’re going for in cooking; sloshing around a bottle of vanilla willy-nilly is a good way to ruin it.

More to the point: I just don’t get it!

Hey, Hannah! What does “a small handful” mean? All of it, you say?

It takes bravery, but if you can break away from recipes, I’ve got some great guidelines for making ginger tea:

4 cups water
~6 thick slices of ginger, peeled
1-2 Tbl honey
1-2 Tbl lemon juice

Break off a nob of ginger. Peel and slice it. Don’t cut it into paper-thin slivers, don’t chop 2″ cubes… pretend it’s a carrot.

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In a small saucepan, bring water and ginger to a boil. Boil about 10 minutes, giving time for the ginger to soften and release its flavor. Remove from heat. Remove ginger slices using a slotted spoon. Stir in honey and lemon to taste.

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Don’t forget to taste.

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