TL;DR ginger.

By Kate Welsh
October 22, 2017
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After popping a couple Advil and feeling sorry for myself, there are a few things I do every single time I have a bad cold or the flu. First off, I take a hot shower. Then I order the spiciest mapo tofu or curry I can find. And last, I make what my family refers to as "moxie tea." Based on a recipe from an old issue of Bon Appetit, the ginger, lemon, and honey concoction has undergone a bit of an evolution since we first tried it—as good as the original is. I've added my own spins, based on what I'm craving, or what I have on hand, or the latest wellness trend information that has seeped into my brain. 

Currently, my concoction is all about gigantic flavors. You will likely feel like you're putting in too much lemon, or too much honey, or too much ginger. And feel free to scale it back if you need! But for me, when the going gets tough, I depend on gigantic, overwhelming flavors to get my sinuses—and my attitude—back into shape. And ginger is really the star of the show, in that respect. 

The biggest revelation I've had recently is that you actually don't need to buy ginger root. Don't get me wrong—I love that stuff. It look like a potato and a piece of coral had a baby, and the fiery, bright taste is one of my favorites. But it's a pain to peel, and even more of a pain to grate into something drinkable. And, it turns out, the stuff in a jar of minced ginger is  just as good. I picked up The Ginger People's minced ginger on a whim one day, and it's turned making moxie tea—along with every other marinade and sauce and oatmeal I love—a breeze. Now that we're entering into peak cold and flu season, there's no reason to not have a few jars stocked in your fridge. 

Watch: How to Peel and Mince Ginger


Moxie Tea

Makes 1 cup

  • 1 tablespoon finely grated or minced peeled ginger
  • Juice from 1 whole lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey (use manuka, if you've got it) 
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • dash of cayenne
  • Boiling water 

1. Pull out your largest mug and set your water to boil. 

2. Add ginger, lemon, honey, turmeric, and cayenne to your mug.

3. Once water has boiled, pour as much as you'd like into the mug. Stir until honey has dissolved. 

4. If you're using a wellness supplement, add it to the mug and stir.

5. Drink up. Feel better.


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