I had always heard that children were little germ factories and when they are in school they bring home every bug that is going around. I was slightly skeptical until my son joined the school masses and three days into his new school brought home a cold which he immediately passed along to me. Now I hate being sick. It makes me want to curl up and hibernate in a quarantined room. But since that just isn’t an option, I’ve learned to power through with a combination of medicines and staying hydrated.
And when I have a cold my favorite way to stay hydrated and warm, while soothing a scratchy throat, is by sipping mugs of hot honey and lemon tea. There actually isn’t any tea involved; rather hot water, fresh lemon juice, and honey combine to form a soothing drink that warms the body and the soul.
This recipe is more of a method rather than an exact recipe. All lemons are not created equal; some are larger and / or tarter than others. I like my tea to be on the tart side but remember, you can always add more honey as needed to reach your desired level of sweetness. I often start with a little less honey than the recipe calls for then gradually add more, one teaspoon at a time, until it tastes right to me. So the next time you’re feeling a bit under the weather, make yourself a cup of this tea, curl up with a blanket, and get better soon.
8 ounces water
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup honey, or more to taste
- Combine the water, lemon juice, and honey is a large mug.
- Heat in the microwave for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes or until hot. Stir well and adjust sweetener if necessary.