A few years ago, I spent the summer in Tel Aviv. I was living alone and knew almost no one, so most nights were spent dining solo at a little cafe across the street from my flat. The other patrons were incredibly hip Israelis, all smoking cigarettes and out on dates. I would eat dinner by my lonesome, noshing on Shakshouka while pretending to chat with homies on my cell phone.
Awkward? Yes :(. But even more worth it. For after dinner, came hot drinks. And this one was KILLER GOOD. So good, that A.) I endured countless nights alone at said cafe, and B.) My kitchen has been stocked with the necessary ingredients ever since making it back to the States.
What you need:
- Ginger root
Boil some water. While your kettle is heating, cut the lemon into a few narrow wedges, and cut up some ginger. No need to peel the ginger – you’ll just need three to four chunks, about half an inch long, plunked into your glass or mug. Add the juice of one to two lemon wedges, and throw the squeezed fruit into your glass as well.
Add about a tablespoon of honey, and pour in the hot water when it’s done boiling. Mix thoroughly until the honey dissolves.
And that’s it! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!