Cold and wet day. I’ve had three cups of coffee since I woke up this morning, I wondered if a cocktail drink would be good to keep me warm but I finally decided on a hot brew. Salabat (ginger brew), often sweetened with honey and flavored with a little kalamansi juice, is reputedly good to combat colds and coughs (and, for singers, preserve voice quality), it looks like I may be catching a cold, so why not a ginger brew? But I wanted something less spicy and more aromatic. Less ginger and more lemon juice? That would make the brew too tart and that can irritate the throat.
The solution I decided on: a combination of ginger and lemongrass. The brew is soothing and warming. With a bit of honey, it is sweet without being cloying. A truly great drink for a cold and rainy day. Best part of all? This drink is made with natural ingredients only.
- 2 to 3 thumb-sized knobs of ginger, rinsed, scrubbed and thinly sliced
- about 6 stalks of lemongrass, white part only, thinly sliced (see tips)
- honey, to taste
- Place the sliced ginger and lemongrass in a pot.
- Pour in six cups of water.
- Bring to the boil then immediately lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and leave to infuse for another 10 minutes.
- Pour into cups. Stir in honey. Serve hot.