Happy third day of Christmas!
Let's talk about this tea. It's chock full of good-for-you whole foods and high in antioxidant power. Feel a little cold coming on? Cranberries are packed with vitamin C, and the lemon honey mix is perfect for a sore throat. Stomach a little upset? Ginger is great for that! Getting crampy? TEA. Cranberries are one of the healthiest foods out there and they're cheap. So are lemons and ginger. I threw some rose hips in, which were free because I picked them in the bush, but you can leave them out if you don't have any on hand. They're not required for this recipe, but they add a little health boost. Three rose hips have the same amount of vitamin C as an orange. Embrace inexpensive whole foods and dump your superfood powders that cost an arm and a leg.
I know cranberry juice is often touted as a way to prevent or cure bladder infections, but this won't really work for that. If you have a UTI you need 100% pure cranberry juice, no sugar added, and not blended with any other juices. As well, if you find yourself getting a lot of UTIs, just pee right after you have sex. Not the most romantic, I know, but it should prevent the majority of infections. Increase your water intake too. Sugar contributes to UTIs, so pop and juice aren't good options. (Is this appropriate for a holiday drink post? Why not.)
This drink is a beautiful deep pink colour and tastes a little tart and spicy, but isn't quite what you expect during the holidays. It can be served either hot or cold. If you serve it cold, pop a few frozen cranberries in there for pretty ice cubes that won't water it down. You could probably throw some booze in there too and make it into a healthier cocktail.
I just had to race around the house trying to find the envelope I wrote this recipe on. It was on the other side of the envelope I wrote yesterday's recipe on. I need a better system.
4 cups filtered water
1 cup washed fresh cranberries
1/3 cup lemon juice
Lemon rinds (from juicing lemons)
Two thumbs fresh ginger, cut into 1 cm pieces
1/4 cup dried rose hips (optional)
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
In a large pot, combine the water, cranberries, lemon juice, lemon rinds, ginger, and rose hips (if using).
Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the honey or maple syrup. Turn the heat off and let it steep for a further 10 minutes.
Serve hot or cold.