Summer Seltzer, Winter Wellness

By • May 31, 2011 • 8 Comments


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Author Notes: When a friend told me she and her husband were drinking Turmeric-Ginger Tea during cold season, I asked how they made it, and she came with a recipe in hand, without another reminder! I made it and was deeply pleased with it. But now it's summer, the temperature's reading in the 80's, and I wanted something cold when I came in from gardening. So here's the summer version, thirst quenching and energizing. I've left it at the purist stage, but the original directions included sugar and milk, if you prefer.susan g

Serves 4

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 inch piece fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 40 ounces seltzer (made with pure unflavored water)
  1. Put turmeric, ginger and 2 cups water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  2. Take off the stove and let it cool to room temperature. Strain the liquid into a measuring cup.
  3. For each glass, put in a few ice cubes, 3 ounces (or 1/4) of the strained tea, and 10 ounces of seltzer.
  4. If you're ready for hot tea, follow Step 1 and strain into mugs. Makes 2 - 3. Wonderful for digestion after a meal.

Tags: Healthy, refreshing, Summer, winter

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over 2 years ago sheredel

please post results! fennel seeds, an option?

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over 2 years ago sheredel

I can hardly wait to make this, what a wonderful idea, i wonder what other spices you might incorporate?

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over 2 years ago susan g

I've been thinking about that, and I might get on it right now -- time for my post-dinner tea. Cloves, et? Like masala chai? or digestive seeds?

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over 2 years ago susan g

I've been thinking about this! It's time for my tea after dinner, so I'll try cloves, a mix like masala chai? next thought, digestive seeds. I even have some fresh turmeric for the first time...

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almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

I like the purist version. Great idea!

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almost 3 years ago susan g

After doing the dishes, I realized that I shouldn't have used the Oxo measuring cup -- there's a turmeric-yellow line around the bottom... switch back to the Pyrex! Glad to hear from you both -- S's.

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Turmeric is so good for you I love this. I drink hot milk with turmeric all winter. Love the addition of ginger this truly is a healthy drink.

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almost 3 years ago susan g

To me, tasty without any window dressing.