Recipe: Lemon-Ginger Iced Tea
I love me some iced tea, but more than one glass can give me a case of the caffeine jitters. I'm always on the hunt for luxurious beverages that I can drink again and again, without the unwanted side effects. Enter, Lemon-Ginger Iced Tea.
In case you haven't heard, ginger and lemon are two of nature's best medicines.
Why is ginger so great? Because it...
- Kick-starts digestion so you can fully break down your meals and get the most out of every bite
- Reduces bloating and glass, and kisses nausea goodbye
- Clears air passageways and head congestion
- Remains one of the strongest anti-inflammatory agents out there, which is great for muscle fatigue, joint pain, and any type of chronic condition
And lemons, how glorious lemons are, because they...
- Contain tons of Vitamin C to boost immunity
- Purify blood, with anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-cancer properties, helping prevent the growth of bacteria that cause infection
- Aid digestion by helping to cleanse the colon
- Reduce stress
- Boost mood -- my kinda pick-me-up
This recipe originated while I was kicking a nasty cold during a summer heat wave. I started to steep some ginger for hot tea, but the thought of drinking it hot -- no matter how health-supportive -- was giving me the sweats! I turned it into a cool bev so I could still reap the healing benefits, but actually enjoy it. What a concept! So brew your own, enjoy, and repeat. Your body will thank you later.
Lemon-Ginger Iced Tea
- 2, 1" knobs of ginger
- 2 c. filtered water
- Juice of 1 large lemon
- 2 drops dōTERRA essential oil (see note below)
- 1 tbsp. maple syrup of honey
- Ice cubes
- Peel skin off ginger, cut into ¼" slices, and put into small sauce pan with water. Cover on high, bring to boil, and then reduce to low, simmering for 10 minutes or until water is yellowed.
- Strain liquid into a small bowl, discarding ginger pieces. Place bowl in fridge for about an hour, or until chilled.
- Squeeze lemon juice into bowl, adding the essential oil and sweetener of choice (I prefer maple syrup), and stirring until combined.
- Fill glasses to the brim with ice, pour liquid into each cup, and garnish with a slice of lemon or sliver of lemon peel.
- There are a ton more nutrients in the lemon rind itself, which is why I like to add a few drops of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade lemon essential oil, giving that lemon juice an extra boost (make sure you use a high quality oil that is safe to ingest). If you don't have essential oils on hand, no worries, you can add the juice of 1 more lemon for similar taste and nutritional effects.
- To give this drink a detoxifying kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper to further boost digestion!
- For a more "adult" version, you can juice the ginger instead by grating or mincing into tiny pieces, and straining it through a cheesecloth to squeeze all moisture out. Add 2 tbsp. ginger juice to 2 c. sparkling mineral water and a shot of your liquor of choice, and you have yourself a tasty summer cocktail.