I am a huge tea drinker these days (which I think I may have mentioned)... in fact there is an empty mug sitting next to me that was tea mere moments ago. I am up to about two mugs a day... which for me is a lot. But I love the quiet calm that a glass of tea brings. How it warms your hands and infuses your senses with that same warmth and relaxation. I recently found a really delicious recipe to make your own Ginger Tea... from Better Homes and Gardens.
1 cup boiling water
4 1/8-inch slices fresh ginger
1 small sprig fresh rosemary or fresh mint, or 2 strips lemon peel*
1/2 tsp. honey
1. Pour water in cup. Add fresh ginger, rosemary, and honey. Stir to dissolve honey. Steep 5 minutes. Remove ginger and rosemary or, for intense ginger and rosemary flavor, leave in ginger and rosemary while sipping.
2. Iced Ginger Tea: Prepare Ginger Tea; remove ginger and rosemary. Refrigerate, covered, 2 hours. Serve over ice.
3. Sparkling Ginger Fizz: Prepare Iced Ginger Tea using six 1/8-inch slices of fresh ginger. Pour tea in tall ice-filled glass. Pour in calorie-free ginger ale, carbonated water, or sparkling white wine. Makes 1 serving.
4. *Note: Use only yellow peel; avoid the white pith of the lemon.
"There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea."
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