Ginger is so very healthy for you, it is a commonly known fact. You can add ginger to your herbal teas and chai’s, your soups, smoothies, yoghurt drinks, salads, salsas, and so much more. Here we use it as a main ingredient in a cooling Summer Drink – an iced herbal infusion/tea.
We have other Summer coolers that you will enjoy. Watermelon Juice with Mint and Ginger, and Roasted Green Mango Drink. Also try Tulsi Khara, Mint and Lemon Verbena Iced Tea, and Balinese Ginger and Lemongrass Tea. Take the teas, make as normal, cool and serve over ice.
you will need
ginger, jaggery or sugar, lemon or lime, Indian black salt or sea salt
sparkling mineral water, lemongrass, mint, lemon verbena, kaffir, basil, fresh parsley, chilli, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, star anise, fennel, liquorish root, black pepper.
To make a hot day drink, simply seep a lot of ginger and some lemon grass in boiling water, add sugar, black rock or sea salt (a pinch or two), water or sparkling mineral water, jaggery or sugar and the juice of 0.5 – 1 lemon or lime. Chill and sip in the heat.
The black rock salt really does make a difference, but is not strictly necessary. If you have some sea salt add a pinch of that. Salt will help to replace the electrolytes that you lose in hot weather.
You can add to this any fresh tasting herb – mint, lemon verbena, kaffir lime leaf, basil, even a pinch of fresh parsley will be nice. A fresh unblemished chilli as above.
Or for a twist, add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom or cumin. Star anise, fennel, liquorish root.
A pinch of ground black pepper.
Or just keep it very simple. Ginger. Salt. Jaggery. Lemon.