In my quest to take it easy the last few weekends I’ve been spending a lot of time on the computer doing blog stuff (I find it very difficult to actually do nothing!). While visiting some of the other contributors at the link parties I attend, I came across this Ginger Tea from Nellie Bellie. A little piece of information about me – I love tea! I’m addicted to Sweet Tea, flavored tea, all kinds of tea. I knew as soon as I saw this recipe I had to try it.
Fortunately for me, the next day after seeing the recipe we went grocery shopping. Unfortunately I was about halfway through when I remembered that I wanted some fresh ginger. My husband, being the awesome guy he is, ran back to the produce department to search for some root (even though ginger really isn’t a root) that he had never seen before in it’s natural state. It took a while but he came back bearing the fruits of his labor.
While he was out digging for roots I was foraging for tea and a tea ball. I bought just plain old Lipton tea bags and planned to use the ball for the ginger. Of course the
cheap piece of crap tea ball that I bought wouldn’t open and I ended up cutting myself attempting to use it. Sooo I decided to throw the ginger in au natural and strain it out later.
Ginger has many healing qualities. It has long been used as a tummy soother (Ginger Ale anybody?), it is also believed to be an anti-inflammatory and sleep aid. It also tastes really yummy!
The tea was excellent. I’ve been having problems with sleeping lately, I”m going to try drinking a cup of this before bed time to see if that helps relieves some of my sleep issues.
Here are the original ingredients from the recipe over at Nellie Bellie
1 tablespoon minced (I grated mine) ginger
2 cups boiling water.
1 black tea bag.
1/4 cup evaporated milk (or cream or 1/2 & 1/2 or milk)
4 tsp sugar (to taste)
Basically boil the water, add the ginger (in a tea strainer) and tea bag. Let steep for up to five minutes, I typically let my tea steep for about three minutes. Add sugar and milk to taste.
How easy is that? I like sweet tea but even I thought that was REALLY sweet so if you normally drink your tea unsweetened you may want to cut back a bit. I also tried the tea before and after the milk and didn’t really notice a difference. Unless I can find some health benefit that I’m unaware of, I’ll probably leave the milk out. I didn’t really think it changed the taste much so for me it’s more of a hassle to add it in.
Do you have any great ginger recipes you can share?