The Lemon Concoction You Want to Try Next Time Your Throat Hurts

Finally over it, but I caught a cough a few weeks ago and fought with it for almost two weeks. Started a new job, so it didn’t seem like I could really just call in sick my first day. It was downhill from there. My friend Yvonne recommended making this tasty concoction to mix in with hot water and drink. After a week or so of drinking luo han kuo (a.k.a. monkfruit) beverage* and so much pho I felt pho’d out, it was nice to try something different. It was really nice on the throat, and I just wish I’d managed to get up the gumption to start making it sooner so my sore throat could enjoy it for longer.

Lemon, Honey, and Ginger Soother for Colds and Sore Throats
Originally from Lana Stuart’s blog.

Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 24 hours

2-3 lemons
1″ piece fresh ginger root**
1/2 to 1 cup honey
I pretty much winged it on the portions here to taste.

Shook up and starting to steep.

1) Wash the lemon and cut into slices or wedges. Pack the wedges in a clean, dry jar.
2) Grate the ginger root into the jar with the lemon wedges.
3) Fill the jar with honey. I made it to 1/2 cup before I started feeling guilty.
4) Close the jar and let stand for at least 24 hours before using.
Store in refrigerator or dark, cool pantry.
5) To use, pour a cup of hot boiling water and add about 1 heaping spoonful of this concoction in, stir. Try to scoop out some of the honey settled at the bottom.
Note to self: not recommended to drink before sleep. I mentioned this experiment to my father and he advised me it might keep me awake, which is may or may not be a thing (previous WebMD link disappeared..).

Noteworthy: honey is not safe for infants, don’t feed this to your babies! Botulism risk.

After 24+ hours: settled a bit, with honey mostly at bottom.

Novelty Rating: 4 of 5
Pretty good.
Likelihood of Repeat: 60% Next time I’m sick, hopefully not too soon..
Lesson Learned: Don’t drink before bed unless you want to be extra alert, this is a good daytime drink!

*Luo han kuo: apparently, my favorite childhood sore throat beverage is known as longevity fruit. Must be the explanation for my youthful looks!

**I had lots of fresh ginger left over, so I sliced and diced it up and froze it, like this.

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