Super-strong ginger tea has long been a favorite cold remedy in our house. I can’t believe spiking it didn’t occur to me earlier because doesn't it just cry out for rum? I imagined a dark n' stormy for the winter months, with my tea potion in place of ginger beer. My husband gamely served as the guinea pig as I whipped up three batches to get the proportions right. I used some snazzy Venezuelan rum because that’s what was in the liquor cabinet but Goslings black rum is the classic. - Midge —Midge
Test Kitchen Notes
It's ginger tea gone wild -- and stormy! This is a bracing toddy that will clear out your sinuses; it's less of a soother than it is a wake-up call. In fact, it would make for a good mid-morning pick-me-up, if one believed in such things. —Merrill Stubbs
I’m a journalist who’s covered everything from illegal logging in Central America to merit pay for teachers, but these days I write mostly about travel. I’ve been lucky enough to find myself in some far-flung locales, where poking around markets and grocery stores is my favorite thing to do. Cooking, especially baking, is my way of winding down after a long day; there’s nothing like kneading bread dough to bring you back to earth.