Teas are very common in Mexico. They are used both as home remedies and simply for enjoyment.
Everything from flowers, to artichokes, to the bark of some trees is utilized. This tea is made from cinnamon sticks and ginger root. Cinnamon is said to be high in antioxidants and have various benefits including boosting the immune system, helping with inflammation and aiding in digestion. Ginger, like cinnamon, is also known for helping sooth the stomach and inflammation. (As always, before adding a new food or drink to your diet, check the risks and possible side effects it may have on your body.)
Making homemade tea is very simple. First, grab a pot and fill it with water. Throw in a handful of cinnamon sticks and about a 1-inch cube of ginger root (peeled and diced). Put it on high heat until it comes to a boil.
When it begins to boil, lower the heat to a simmer. Let it simmer for about 30-40 minutes (depending on how strong you like your tea) until its a nice golden brown color. You can always taste test to see if it’s to your liking or needs a little longer (just be careful not to burn your tongue!).
Strain with a fine colander. Sweeten to your liking.
Curling up on the couch with a soft blanket and a cup of cinnamon-ginger hot tea is one of my favorite ways to get rid of that winter chill!
It’s also delicious served on ice in summertime. (Here in Kentucky we like our sweet tea!)
Homemade Cinnamon-Ginger Tea
- Handful of Cinnamon Sticks
- Ginger Root, 1-inch cube (peeled & sliced)
- Optional: Sweetener of choice (to taste)
Fill pot with water. Add cinnamon sticks. Turn to high heat until water begins to boil. Lower to a simmer for 30-40 minutes until it turns a nice golden brown color. The longer you let it simmer the darker and stronger the tea will be, so if you like it a little “weaker” boil it less time. Sweeten if desired.
Serve cold or hot. Disfruta!
Be sure to check out my article “Got the Morning Blues?” about how establishing an evening routine can help brighten our mornings. I mention this tea, among others, that I often include in my bedtime routine to help me relax and rest better.
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Did you enjoy the recipe? How do you prefer your teas—hot or cold?