Golden Lemon Drop with Honey Tonic

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Stress can come from two places: the inside (inflammation) and the outside (too much to do). Sipping this brew can help ease both. The anti-inflammatory herbs turmeric and ginger offer a tangy, slightly sweet flavor that will hit the spot. Lemon balm, the “it” herb for alchemists, has been found to have antimicrobial, antioxidant, and antianxiety properties.

Ingredients

  • Peel and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated or chopped
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 drops food-grade lemon-balm extract (also called Melissa)
  • 1 sprig rosemary, optional

Preparation

1. In a small saucepan over high heat, cook the lemon peel, ginger, turmeric, and 1 cup of water until the water just begins to boil, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
2. Stir in lemon juice, honey, and lemon-balm extract, and then strain into a mug, reserving peels. Garnish with a couple 2-inch pieces of cooked lemon peel and rosemary, if desired.
3. Add some spirit Add 1 shot (1.5 oz) vodka (64 calories).

Handling and storage: The freshness of your ginger root makes a huge taste difference. Very fresh bright-yellow ginger has more heat and a cleaner flavor, while aging ginger has a greener, stringy center and a soapier flavor. Choose ginger with smooth, firm skin—not torn or rippled.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 cup without alcohol
  • Calories: 73
  • Carbohydrate Content: 19 g