A warming ginger tea perfect for cool weather.
1-inch chunk of fresh ginger (no need to peel), sliced into pieces no wider than 1/4-inch
1 cup water
Optional flavorings (choose just one): 1 cinnamon stick, 1″ piece of fresh turmeric (cut into thin slices, same as the ginger), or several sprigs of fresh mint
Optional add-ins: 1 thin round of fresh lemon or orange, and/or 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup, to taste
1. Combine the ginger slices and water in a saucepan over high heat. If you’re adding a cinnamon stick, fresh turmeric, or fresh mint, add it now. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer for 5 minutes (for extra-strong ginger flavor, simmer for up to 10 minutes).
2. Remove the pot from the heat. Carefully pour the mixture through a mesh sieve into a heat-safe liquid measuring cup, or directly into a mug.
3. If desired, serve with a lemon round and/or a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, to taste. Serve hot.