The sniffles are going around as we settle into the cold dark of winter. Sometimes even if you’re not feeling ill, a little hot pick-me up is just the thing. Lemon, ginger and cayenne have been home remedies for generations. In my family we would make a pot of “brew” – strong ginger tea with slices of whole lemon and some local honey. Here at Choco we offer much the same in our Lemon-Ginger Elixir: freshly squeezed ginger and lemon juice with agave served hot with cayenne or cold with fizzy water over ice.
What makes this such a good winter tonic? Fresh ginger is an anti-inflammatory and has been shown to help reduce pain, nausea and assist with respiratory issues such as asthma. Lemons provide vitamin C and other anti-oxidants that boost the immune system. Drinking hot beverages when you are under the weather helps hydrate you, clear your sinus, soothe a rough throat and warm you from head to toe.
So if you have lemons and ginger in your pantry, you are a few steps away from making your own brew to fight off the winter sniffles. Or stop in and say hi to us and let us make you a steaming mug of Elixir.