In the depths of Winter we turn to hot drinks to warm the body. But there are herbs and spices that will also warm us from the inside. Rosemary is one, ginger another, and black pepper too. This drink uses ginger, cardamom and pepper and will tingle and warm your body in the coldest of weathers. It is consumed either warm or at room temperature, so is a no-fuss recipe.
In India, ginger is well known as a cure for colds and sore throats. Dry ginger powder mixed with water is said to work wonders to relieve stiff joints. You can see that this drink is essential during Winter.
The dry ginger powder is essential to this drink – for maximum effect, don’t substitute with ginger root. The ginger, cardamom and pepper do not dissolve completely. Do as I do and stir while drinking, or allow it to sit for 5 or so minutes, then strain.
4 Tblspn jaggery, grated
600 ml water
1 tspn lime or lemon juice
1 tspn dry ginger powder
4 black peppercorns, crushed
0.5 tspn cardamom powder
Stir the jaggery in the water till it dissolves. Add all the other ingredients, stir and serve chilled.
recipe notes and alternatives
On the coldest of days, make this drink with warm-hot water and sip.