Sunday, May 13, 2018

Ah-Tso's (my Great-Grandma's) Ginger and Brown Sugar Tea

My great grandma (aka "Ah-Tso") used to make this simple homemade remedy for a bad cold/flu/sore throat. It consisted of just 3 ingredients: ginger root, water, and brown sugar. There are no exact measurements, of course, but the key is to cook everything down until the tea is strongly flavored by the ginger and with just enough of the brown sugar to lend it a little sweetness. Depending on how much ginger you use and how long you cook it down, this concoction can either totally clear out your sinuses like a shot of wasabi or warm the cockles of your heart like a lovely spot of tea. Your choice - either way, it's a great beverage. Although Ah-Tso never used dried longan (Dragoneye fruit) in her recipe, I've found other recipes that do and it seems to be a nice addition. I'll have to try it next time around.

1 large knob of ginger (about 3"), cut into thick slices
Brown sugar

*Optional - Dried Longan

1. Place the ginger slices in a medium pot with 12 cups of water. Add the brown sugar. 

2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Continue simmering until the liquid has reduced by half. 

3. Remove the pot from the heat and strain the tea into individual tea cups/glasses. Serve piping hot. 

Cut the ginger root into thick slices.

Combine with water and brown sugar.

Simmer until the liquid has reduced by half. 

Strain the hot ginger tea into individual cups/glasses. 

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