Tastes: sweet, pungent, bitter, sour
The last thing you want to do when you feel lethargic is drink alcohol. Alcohol, except the occasional few ounces of medicinal wine or spirit, dulls the mind by overwhelming the body with simple sugars. On a warm day, sit with a friend, relax, and have a glass of this bright, spicy lemonade. Allow time for cooling the spicy syrup, and go easy on the ice.
1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, crushed
½ tsp ground turmeric
¼ cup raw honey
½ cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
To make the syrup, boil ginger and turmeric with 1 cup water, covered, in a small saucepan, 10 minutes. (Boil longer if you want it stronger.) Take off the heat, and cool for 3–5 minutes. Stir in honey until dissolved. Refrigerate until cold.
Combine the ginger-turmeric syrup, fresh lemon juice, and 2 cups of water. Divide among four glasses, each with a few cubes of ice.
Nutritional Info 74 calories per serving, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 20 g carbs,
0 g fiber, 0 g protein, 2 mg sodium
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