Honey Lemon Salabat
Salabat is a traditional ginger hot drink in the Philippines, usually served during the rainy season and it believed to have a lot of uses and cures which elaborate further below. Traditionally this drink only is made out of ginger and hot water effectively making it a type of tea but modern versions add sugar to make it more drinkable.
Salabat is said to have a lot of good benefits from curing some illness and giving you a good mood, below of is a list of what Filipinos believe that it can do.
- It can cure colds, flu and chills
- It relieves pain and inflammation
- It aids in indigestion, bloating and nausea
- It aids singers to have that perfect voice
- It gives you positive energy resulting to good mood
- Treatment and prevention of several types of cancer like ovarian and colon
- Relieves motion sickness
It looks like there are a lot of benefits in this wonder drink but how does it really taste? I remember my grandmother used to make this when I was young, it was a common drink on cold days when we don’t have enough budget to buy some coffee, its either this or roasted rice coffee that was served on the breakfast dining table but as a child I never liked the flavour it was too strong for me and I feel like drinking some old school medicine that were extracted from leaves.
Our recipe for today will be a different type of the salabat drink with even more benefits but we will be giving it a twist so it’s more drinkable for everyone. With our salabat today we will be adding honey and lemon giving it that sweetness and tartness and effectively masks the strong spiciness of the ginger plus the additional benefits of lemon and honey that we already know.
- 4 cups water
- 3 tablespoons honey
- juice from 1 lemon
- 1 thumb sized young fresh ginger, thinly sliced
- Pour water in a kettle or a small pot add the ginger bring to a boil and gently simmer in low heat for 2 minutes.
- Pour liquid a teapot then mix in the honey and lemon juice.
- Serve while hot.