Sore throats and winter go together like pb & j in this house. Warm soothing drinks like this mandarin ginger green tea soother are just what we need.
Winter is notoriously hard on our family. Cold weather brings on asthma symptoms and winter colds. The instant we feel that tickle in our throats we dread the moment we start coughing because it seems to take forever to kick the cold that follows so I start reaching for everything that can boost our immune systems and soothe dry and irritated throats.
Two of us woke up with those telltale dry scratchy throats this morning so I headed to the kitchen to make my usual ginger and lemon soother. But I had no lemons. And the weather said it was 18 degrees out. I wasn’t going out just for lemons so I looked at all the things I do have.
Mandarins have been on sale at ALDI for the last few weeks, which means I have plenty of those, and Melissa’s Produce sent me a nice bundle of fresh ginger with my soup party produce. Speaking of, my soup-making party post is coming soon. It was up for today but I bumped it in favor of getting this recipe into your hands sooner.
You can have this green tea soother ready in almost the same amount of time as any other cup of tea and bonus points, you don’t need to wonder just what those “natural flavors” are made of. Instead, you’ve made your own flavored tea soother with fresh wholesome produce and a light touch of honey.
Mandarin Ginger Green Tea Soother
Yield 4 8-ounce servings
- 4 cups water, heated to almost boiling
- 2 green tea bags
- 1 mandarin orange
- 2 inches fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon honey
- While water is heating, slice mandarin and ginger into thin slices and put in pitcher or large measuring cup along with tea bags.
- Pour hot water over the above ingredients and steep 3-5 minutes.
- Remove tea bags and stir in honey.
- You can make ahead and refrigerate then warm as needed or serve over ice.
Do you have a go-to throat soother? Let us know what it is in the comments.