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Summer Seltzer, Winter Wellness

May 31, 2011
4 Stars
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)
In This Recipe
  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.

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6 Reviews

sheredel January 13, 2012
please post results! fennel seeds, an option?
sheredel January 12, 2012
I can hardly wait to make this, what a wonderful idea, i wonder what other spices you might incorporate?
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susan G. January 12, 2012
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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susan G. January 12, 2012
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...
Sagegreen May 31, 2011
I like the purist version. Great idea!
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susan G. May 31, 2011
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.