Lemon-Ginger Detox Toddy

An alcohol-free flu buster//immunity booster toddy. that will help treat and prevent colds while detoxing your holiday cheese and sugar binge.

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Well hello, Monday following Christmas (cue the whomp whooooomp). Who here feels rambunctious, ready to seize the work day, and un-like you just ate 10 pounds of potatoes, cheese, cream, and sugar?

::crickets::

No one?

I.feel.you.

More than likely, we all feel like we could take a brief (slash extended) hiatus from food and alcohol. And holidays. We probably have plans to move into a cave until the blood sugar low demons exit the premises.

Never fear. We have solutions.

While I’m all about drinking my favorite Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie, Carrot Ginger Smoothie, and//or {tastes just like apple pie ->} Beet Berry Apple Chia Smoothie, lately homemade teas using fresh ingredients have been my jam. Teas, like thissuhn made Hot Toddy-style sans the alcohol.

Hot. Toddy. Mmmmm…such a marvelous winter beverage. Normally I’m three sheets to the wind about a batch of whisky toddies, but from time to time we need to remove the booze, add the gingah, and get our systems back on track.

This recipe was inspired by a recent trip to a local restaurant. A couple weeks ago, one of my girlfriends and I met up at Laughing Planet here in Reno for dinner and we each got the Flu-Busster Toddy to go to warm our bellies while we drove around neighborhoods gazing at Christmas-ly decorated homes. We’re suckers for twinkle lights and odd//awesome displays of holiday pieces of flair. After enjoying said beverage, I was dead-set on making a batch at home to drink for a few days.

Lemon-Ginger Detox Toddy - an immunity boosting elixir TheRoastedRoot.net #healthy #drink #recipe #tea

This time of year can be a liiiiiittle cray cray with all the germs lurking about, on top of our compromised immune systems by way of liquor and all things delicious and unhealthy…on top of holiday stress catching up with us. For this reason, taking a step back to flush out the system and replenish the hydration tank can be just the ticket to preventing or fighting an infestation of sickness, and/or re-setting the digestive system.

This flu-busting toddy includes all sorts of immunity boosting components as well as detox characteristics. Here’s what we’ve got going on:

Lemon – provides a hydrating and detoxification quality by way of Vitamin C.

Ginger – full of antioxidants, soothes the digestive system, eases nausea and muscle aches and pain. A natural anti-inflammatory, ginger can lessen inflammation from consuming inflammatory foods or from sickness/infection.

Honey – a natural antibacterial and antiviral. On top of killing and preventing germs, the honey helps this whole thing go down in a sweet, sweet way.

Cayenne – Relieves sore throat (for real!!). Promotes heart health, kills cancer cells, and improves blood circulation. An anti-fungal, cayenne plays a role (in combination with honey and ginger) to prevent bacteria and viruses from incubating, thereby preventing (or fighting sickness).

The recipe makes about 4 large tea cups-full, but you can scale up if serving more people or if you want simply want a larger volume on hand for days on end. I keep mine in the refrigerator in a sealed jar for up to 1 week.

Changes to the recipe? You can cut back the ginger and cayenne for a less spicy beverage (the way I have it listed, the drink comes out with a powerful kick). Also, consider ramping up the honey, since a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, son. You can also add a few green tea bags for additional antioxidants and caffeine. And, of course…If you’re not in need of a cleanse and could use a stiff drink…just add alcohol. Whisky/bourbon’ll do ya. Lover of all-things cinnamon? Add a few sticks!

Lemon-Ginger Detox Toddy - an immunity boosting elixir TheRoastedRoot.net #healthy #drink #recipe #tea

Lemon-Ginger Detox Toddy

Author: Julia
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan and bring to a full boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes to allow flavors to infuse.
  2. Remove from heat and use a fine strainer to strain out ginger pulp prior to drinking. Note: Store beverage in a sealed jar including ginger pulp for up to one week. Strain beverage into a saucepan and reheat before drinking.

All things considered, this drink helps hydrate, cleanse, and strengthen your system. Plus, for those of us ginger lovers, the beverage tastes great! The flavor is sweet, tangy, and spicy, all of which you can adjust according to your own personal taste.

Lemon-Ginger Detox Toddy - an immunity boosting elixir TheRoastedRoot.net #healthy #drink #recipe #tea

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  1. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    I’m with ya girl, I’ve got a major case of the Mondays. I had to work every day over Christmas weekend and will have to again over New Years Eve and Day. Can you hear the world’s smallest violin playing for me? 😉

    I could use one of these hot toddy’s and some Christmas light viewing right about now. It sounds like it’s super comforting and refreshing all at the same time. I must try this magical concoction!!

  2. Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    This is exactly what I need today. I’m a personal trainer and I’m constantly bombarded with all the germs. Needless to say I’ve been feeling pretty awful lately. The ginger sounds amazing right now!

    1. Julia Post author

      Right?? This one’s super refreshing..if for no other reason, it definitely helps to convince yourself you didn’t just put aaaaallthebadthings in your body. 😉

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