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.
Lemongrass and Ginger Brew
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.