25 February 2009

Cure in a Cup

Even avowed non-tea drinkers (those poor, misguided morons) will usually have a hot cup when sickness strikes.


One of my favorites for a cold or sore throat is fresh ginger tea; for stomach problems, fresh mint tea. I've seen a brews that combine them both, though, so even though I feel fine today, I decided to test some combinations out- which I can attest is easier when you're not suffering from any energy-draining ailments.

The one I liked the best is based on an ancient Indian concoction that usually contains fennel seeds in the mix.

(I am aware fennel is allegedly a very effective antidote to indigestion, but I think that's only because you feel less nauseous by comparison after you stop eating it and tasting that nasty flavor.)

It's simple: a warming brew of ginger, sweet cardamom and fragrant mint is tempered by a few spoonfuls of honey.

And that all seems too overwhelming from your sick bed, just stir some honey and mint into a mug of bagged tea. I'll forgive you in your weakened state.

Ginger-Mint Tea

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, toast 8 crushed cardamom seeds until fragrant, about a minute. Pour in 2 1/2 cups water and a 3-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in several sprigs fresh mint and 2 teaspoons honey. Let sit 5 minutes, then strain into cups, adding more mint for garnish if desired.

Just a few sips will soothe, even the object of your affliction is external- a significant other, a relative, the IRS, or an employer (or, more likely, the Department of Labor). And if that describes all the same person, your problem might be beyond tea.

17 comments:

Cheryl A said...

Just found your blog from Tastespotting and this tea looks yummy. I grow a handful of herbs every summer and play around with mixing and matching to come up with different teas. I'm so glad I found your blog and I will definitly be trying your suggestions. It is snowing like crazy and very cold today so I may go home (early) and try this one out...thanks for sharing!

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Course the best cure will be when the fresh mint comes out of your yard instead of from the store

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for my flour

jessica said...

i like the combo here - i've been doing more of a cinnamon/clove/ginger with cayenne/lemon/honey. if you were adding fennel, you'd do it instead of cardamon or you'd add it at end?

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