Well, this really is a detox drink. A refreshing one too.
No beer. Not even a trace of malt, hops or yeast. Lots of lemon juice and freshly ground ginger. The amberish/orange color comes from the cayenne, turmeric, raw honey and orange juice in there. There are a few clove buds. The rest is water – still or carbonated.
So why am I posting a picture of it?
Here is how it goes. Chris and I drink craft beer, we pair it with food, we cook with it and immensely enjoy it. It can add up, even though we exercise. We are not in our twenties…
Every week, we typically set aside two or three days to give our bodies a chance to reset and purge the sugars consumed in the previous days. As well as any other toxic substances lurking in our body. We take a break from beering so to speak. We drink only water and eat super healthy.
This drink I want to tell you about, let’s call it Amber Lemonade, is very easy to make and can help you feel like new. It is packed full of some of the most powerful nutrients out there, each bringing its own awesome health benefits and all of them combined acting as a potent detox ambrosia. Yep, as in the drink of the Greek gods, but meant to detox, not feed you.
We enjoyed some seriously awesome food around the holidays and of course, a number of amazing craft beers. Then this unrelenting arctic cold spell settled in. I felt like my immune system was weakening and decided to supercharge the regular days of beering break by adding a detox element. Right on time too, because on the morning I was going to start I woke up with a scratchy throat.
A full day and three of these drinks later there was no sign of my throat trouble and I felt refreshed. The best part is that once you mix the base for the drink, you can add hot water and have it as ‘tea’ or chilled still or carbonated water with a couple of ice cubes and have an Amber Lemonade. I prefer the carbonated water version, but started with the ‘tea’ version since it was friendlier to sip on with a sore throat.
To make the base for Amber Lemonade, you need to mix all the ingredients together until they are well combined and then add the water of your choice. Feel free to alter the ingredient quantities in the recipe below depending on your personal taste preference (sweeter, spicier, less/more tart, etc.)
Place two tablespoons of the Amber Lemonade base concoction in a cup and add the water. Obviously you have control over the concentration factor depending on your preferences. You can place orange or lemon slices inside your cup for garnish. I also like to top mine off with lemon zest. Stir and enjoy!
You will be happy to know that all the ingredients have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, with benefits for the digestive system and detox properties. These make Amber Lemonade a great choice for internal cleansing and sickness prevention. Raw honey, lemon and cayenne in particular are especially effective in fighting off colds and the flu. Check out the references for more details.1)http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265990.php2)https://draxe.com/cayenne-pepper-benefits/3)http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-662-turmeric.aspx?activeingredientid=6624)http://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/top-raw-honey-benefits#45)http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-545-lemon.aspx?activeingredientid=545&6)http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/cloves.html
And the aromas! The first thing you do is grate the ginger root (this was really Chris’ idea). By the time you apply the garnishes (how about some mint leaves instead of the lemon zest?) it smells very tempting.
Moral of the story? If you are beering, this drink is your friend. If you are not beering, this drink is your friend too.
- 1½ tsp freshly ground ginger root
- 1½ tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp cayenne powder
- 3 tbsp raw honey
- 6 whole cloves
- juice of 2 lemons (3 if using small lemons; use peel to scrape lemon zest if desired)
- juice of 1 orange (reserve several slices for garnish if desired)
- Combine all the ingredients together and stir well. If possible do so in a hinged tight lid canning jar - this will help the mixed ingredients stay fresh for a day or two until consumed.
- To mix your drink: For Amber Lemonade, place a couple of ice cubes in a glass. If desired, add a slice of orange. Add 2 tbsp of the above mixture and finish by pouring chilled water (still or carbonated) to fill the glass. For 'tea' version, add hot water to 2 tbsp of above mixture and sprinkle a little lemon zest on top.
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