Dietitian's tip: A tisane is a soothing drink made by steeping herbs, spices, fruits or flowers in hot water. Here, ginger gives this welcome alternative to coffee or tea a pleasant spiciness.
- 6 cups water
- 1/4 cup peeled and chopped fresh ginger
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves
- 6 tablespoons dark honey
- 1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges
In a large saucepan over high heat, combine the water, ginger and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the mint, and let steep for 5 minutes.
Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, placed over a pitcher, pressing down lightly on the ginger and mint. Discard the mint and ginger.
Stir the honey into the tisane. Serve hot or iced, garnished with a lemon wedge.