My Morning Drink

I’m sure many of you have heard of various things people drink in the mornings which are supposed to be good for you in many different ways. They all contain similar ingredients and in general have some health. Overall, I think what my tea does for me is help hydrate me first thing in the morning, help clear my sinuses, wake me up with the taste and sweetness and generally makes me feel less like a zombie and more like a human.

The ingredients that are in my morning potion boast their own health benefits, in the long term, things like boosting your immune system,  lowering blood sugar levels, reducing heart disease risk factors and reducing inflammation and pain.

It’s a pretty simple process and whether you have fresh ingredients or not you can make it work.

Ingredients

Fresh Not so fresh
  • 3L water
  • 2cm piece of ginger, diced
  • 1 stick cinnamon broken into pieces
  • 2 lemons, diced
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey per glass (add when drinking)
  • 3L water
  • 2 tsp crushed ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice from bottle, add to boil or afterwards depending on how you feel
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey per glass (add when drinking

 

Procedure

  1. In a 3L capacity pot add water up to the 3L mark or measure add 3L of water
  2. If using fresh ingredients: add ginger, cinnamon and lemons and allow to boil until halved (1.5L)

If using not so fresh ingredients – add ginger and cinnamon and boil until halved. I prefer to add the lemon juice later as there is no need to boil it release the flavour etc; in this instance

  1. If using fresh ingredients – pour the mixture through a colander (with something to catch the fluid) and poor into a glass bottle to store

Not so fresh – use a cheesecloth or similar to line your colander and pass the mixture through this set up a few times to remove as much cinnamon as possible. Pour into glass bottle to store.

  1. Add apple cider vinegar to the mixture in glass bottle. If using lemon juice from a bottle this can be added now as well
  2. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks. Add about 1-2cm at the bottle of a mug add hot water and a teaspoon of honey and its ready to go.

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