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Honey Lemon Ginger Cayenne Elixir

Joni Sare
My version is simple and easy to remember -- using 2's of everything.
I don't care for too much cayenne, so I only use 2 small pinches.
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 1 person

Equipment

  • sauce pan
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • measuring cup and spoon
  • mug

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp minced ginger (peeled is optional; or 1 ginger teabag)
  • 2 pinch cayenne powder (I use 2 small pinches)
  • -- -- -----
  • 2 tsp lemon juice (start with 1 tsp if you want a less sour drink)
  • 2 drops honey (generous drops) (other sweeteners listed below)

Acid alternatives

  • 2 tsp Apple cider vinegar (ACV) (start with 1 tsp if you want a less sour drink)
  • 2 tsp lime juice (start with 1 tsp if you want a less sour drink)
  • 2 tsp tamarind paste (start with 1 tsp if you want a less sour drink)

Sweetener alternatives

  • 2 drops maple syrup (generous drips)
  • 2 drops agave
  • 2 raisins or a date; crushed (put this in the saucepan with the ginger to liberate it's flavors)

Spice alternatives

  • 2 pinch chipotle (I use 2 small pinches)
  • 2 pinch cinnamon powder
  • 2 pinch Chinese 5 Spice (or Pumpkin Pie Spice blend)
  • 1 teabag Chai tea (I use the decaf version)

Instructions
 

Heat the ginger and spices

  • Simmer the water, ginger and spices in a covered sauce pan for at least 10 mins to 15 mins. If using dried fruit for the sweetener then add them now.

Add the sweet and sour (acid)

  • Pour into a large mug and add the lemon juice (or ACV), and the honey (or other sweetener).
  • Stir well, find a comfy spot and enjoy.
Keyword Cayenne, Ginger, Honey, Lemon