It’s a gray and misty day, and I’m enjoying the sound of dripping rain from my upstairs office where I exist in the trees with my mug of milky, ginger tea. Now, there’s no milk actually in this drink, just a creamy plop of coconut butter for richness.
So, what exactly is ginger drink? This tea and I go way back to when I lived and worked in New York. It was my respite in a mug from everything – the cold, the noise, you name it.
My ginger drink is just like the powdered variety, only it’s all natural with fresh ginger root, ginger powder, honey, and coconut butter (a recent addition I’m still making my mind up about. As much as I enjoy this tea latte-like experience, sometimes I switch out the coconut for fresh lemon instead, it’s so zesty and cleansing first thing in the morning!
The Health Benefits of Drinking Ginger
Ginger is a powerful root and spice that is loved the world over for its anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking ginger tea daily can speed muscle recovery and treat chronic ailments. There are many proven health benefits of ginger:
- Do you get motion sick? Ginger is great for treating nausea or morning sickness.
- Do you have joint pain? Ginger can reduce pain.
- Have high blood sugar? Ginger can reduce blood sugar.
- Are you suffering from painful indigestion? Ginger has been shown to treat even chronic indigestion.
- Do you have menstrual pain? Ginger powder can reduce cramping.
So, why drink ginger tea? Since the raw root has an aromatic, pungent, and spicy taste, diluting it with water and honey makes it far more palatable. Trust me. I’ve tried drinking straight ginger juice, and it’s intense (not in a good way).
A Few Tips About Getting the Best Flavor
You only need to peel back about 2-inches ginger root maximum. If it’s too spicy, you can always add more hot water or honey. I like my tea pretty strong, so feel free to work your way up to whatever amount you like.
This recipe uses a combination of raw ginger and ginger spice because each version has different health properties. Ginger powder has a 1 year shelf life, so be sure to use the fresh stuff. Also, if you can find raw (unfiltered) honey, all the better for you!
I hope you try the coconut butter (the same ingredient used to make these coconut bites). You could also try canned full-fat coconut milk or whole milk if you prefer. Another thing I’ve tried that’s very cleansing is adding fresh lemon juice for a lemon-ginger-honey tea (really great for nursing a cold).
Warming Ginger Drink
- 2 inch piece peeled ginger roughly chopped or sliced
- 1/2 tsp ginger powder
- 2 tbsp coconut butter
- 3 tbsp honey
- 3 cups boiling water
- Add all the ingredients to the blender. Blend on high for 45 seconds until completely smooth. There will be a small amount of sediment from the coconut and ginger that settles in the bottom of your mug (not very unpleasant), but you may prefer to strain through a cheesecloth.
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