Here’s a recipe for an awesome tea. It also does miracles when you have a cold, flu, or sore throat. The ginger has a spicy and invigorating taste that’s very soothing for the throat. This tea can be served hot or cold. This makes about 4-5 servings. (I know, many people find the taste of ginger to be too strong and are simply not very fond of it. The name Ginger Tea scares these people off. However, the Pear in the middle helps make it a little bit more tolerable. I personally love ginger, so I don’t mind.)
- 4-6 cups of water
- 2 inch piece of fresh ginger root
- 2 pears (I used Anjou pears in this one. Others will work fine as well.)
- lemon juice
- honey, to taste
- Peel the ginger root and chop it up into thin strips. (I usually peel the ginger, but it’s not necessary. If you choose to skip the peeling, just wash it really well.) Set aside.
- Peel the pears and cut it into quarters or eighths. Discard the centers.
- Boil about 4 cups of water in a pot. While the water starts to heat, add the chopped ginger.
- Once the water reaches a boil, add the pears into the pot. Sprinkle some lemon juice. Lower the heat to medium, and cover the pot.
- Let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. (Add honey now if desired.) When it is ready, the pears will be soft and tender.
Serve in a cup/mini bowl. If you like, you can strain the tea. I personally prefer ginger pieces in my tea. I also enjoy munching away the pear.
The pear and lemon juice help to slightly balance the strong taste of ginger. The natural sugars from the pear help sweeten the tea. Honey can also be used to adjust the taste as well. I avoid using sugar or other sweeteners for this tea, because I feel it takes away from the therapeutic essence of the tea.
This ginger pear tea when served hot is perfect for those cold winter days. It instantly warms up the whole body and leaves you feeling extra cozy. I also enjoy this drink during the summer days. Stick it into the refrigerator and it becomes an awesome revitalizing beverage. The spicy ginger taste, the sweet pear taste, and the honey leaves my throat jumping in joy!