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Overdid it? Feel like fasting between now and New Year’s? Vowing to everyone in sight that this is the last time you will participate in this appalling national orgy of gluttony?

Yeah, me too, which is why breakfast today consisted of my sure-fire morning-after remedy: lemon ginger tea. The ginger aids in digestion, and both ginger and citrus will quickly settle an upset tummy. You can make ginger tea just by steeping a few slices of fresh ginger in hot water for a few minutes, with perhaps a spoonful of honey added for sweetness, but I really like the combination of ginger and lemon, and I think it works a little faster than ginger alone. I suppose you could even add some fresh mint, if you really want to hedge your bets.

I’ve been using candied or crystallized ginger rather than fresh lately, because it keeps forever in the cupboard, is easier to carry along to the office or while traveling, and because the sugar in the ginger sweetens the tea by itself. If you don’t have any, use an inch-long piece of fresh ginger, sliced (no need to peel it if you don’t want to), and a teaspoon of honey.

Ginger-Lemon Tea
Serves 2

Equipment: A small teapot, or two cups or mugs

4-6 pieces candied or crystallized ginger, roughly chopped
1/2 lemon, sliced
2 cups boiling water, or enough to fill the vessel you’re using

Place the ginger and lemon in a small teapot, or divide evenly between two cups. Cover with boiling water and allow to steep for five minutes. Stir before serving.

Notes: You could also serve this over ice, with some additional fresh lemon juice and a shot of simple syrup. Posted by Picasa

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