Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Ginger Tea with Lemon: Delicious, Metabolism-Boosting, and Cleansing

I no longer partake in the flesh of sea beast (though I acknowledge it is the healthiest beast to eat, and tasty, too) but was once a sushi-phile. My frequent stops in St. Augustine often led me to Fushion Point, a charming sushi joint.

Photo I shot of Club Fusion 3 years ago. I believe it's a sister joint to Fushion Point. Their interiors and exteriors are similar.

The dark interior was illuminated by red paper lanterns and Dragon Ball Z anime banners hung beside Hakusai wood block prints. My kind of place. A favorite element of the experience was their delicious ginger tea. I'll visit again to see if the tea is the same combo of sweet, spice, and everything nice. Until then, I enjoy making my own ginger tea in the summer. Here's a recipe to help you make your own version:

Ingredients:  1/4 cup freshly grated or thinly sliced ginger, juice of 1 lemon, 1 quart of water, 1/4 cup honey or agave preferably. Stevia works, too. (Zero calorie.)

Directions: Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Turn off the heat, then add your lemon juice and ginger and let steep for 20 minutes. Stir in your sweetener, then strain your tea. Serve it iced with lemon slices as garnish.

Some may be reminded of winter and cold season when drinking this tea. Served warm with ample honey it's the perfect brew to clear up congestion with anti-microbial properties for fighting bugs. And it feels amazing on a sore throat! Served iced this drink is just pure summer bliss. It's a little like a "master cleanse" drink and has the same metabolism boosting and internal cleansing properties. (Great to drink a big glass first thing in the morning if you get my drift.) Ginger is also excellent for nausea and tummy aches.

But most importantly, this drink is just damn delicious. It's a bit spicy so you may want to water yours down a little or add more sweetener or lemon juice to arrive at the taste you like. I like to stir cayenne pepper into mine for extra kick! I'll be back to share more of my favorite nostalgic drinks for summer.

/comments off Btw... I'm on an impromptu boat ride today! I hope I'll be back to share photos. I do believe this is my first private boat ride today...with someone who says he doesn't have his boat license yet, is that what I heard?! Well. Good thing I know how to swim... 
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