[G]ood morning, Monday. Good morning, January. Good morning, thick socks. Good morning, extra-hot tea. Good morning, chilly ears. Good morning, Winter.
We’re in it.
My nose has been perpetually sniffly these days, and as the sun diminishes early, I feel my energy slagging.
I’m trying to keep my refrigerator stocked with all sorts of comforts and boosters to keep my eyes up and on the prize.
This spicy, sweet Winter Lemonade is my winter elixir. This.. and bourbon, because DUH.
Here’s what we need: good sense, a positive attitude, fresh lemons, honey, fresh ginger, whole cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. Water, too. Bourbon is optional.
Fresh lemon juice, all tart and tangy.
Combined with honey, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and cardamom pods.
Combined in a pot. Simmered with fresh ginger and left to steep.
This lemonade is tart and round. It’s soothing on the throat and spicy on the tongue. It’s such a mellow and comforting winter tonic. Here’s to us!Print
Winter Lemonade with ginger and cloves
Mellow, spiced and soothing Winter elixir.
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 4 1/2 cups filtered water
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 inches fresh ginger, unpeeled and coarsely chopped
- 5 whole cloves
- 2 cardamom pods
- 1 cinnamon stick
- In a medium saucepan combine lemon juice, half of the water, honey, ginger, and spices. Bring to a simmer, stir until honey is dissolved, and remove from heat.
- Cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher. Add the remaining water.
- Refrigerate until chilled through. Serve over ice! Enjoy!
This is so good, both hot and cold. Definitely going to try it tonight with a little whiskey in it.
I’m not sure if you get notified of late messages but I was needing something “new” to drink at home during the day and I had pinned this but hadn’t made it. So perfect right now. Thank you again and always!!
This was such an easy and refreshing drink. My husband and I loved it. thanks
I’ve just made this and it’s gorgeous! I’m drinking it warm but think it will be really refreshing cold too!
I don’t know how many more times I’m going to comment, this week – but again, SO good! It’s like a cider, but with lemon, which to me makes it so much better! Bravo. You’re amazing. Keep it up.
This is SO good. And easy ;) Made it twice now & loving it!
Looks and sounds delicious. Your pictures are beautiful, too.
This recipe is the best, I have made it 3 times in the last week. Add a splash of Tito’s and it will be your favorite drink. I have been getting Meyer lemons at Sam’s Club for a good price. Thanks for sharing this awesomeness.