“Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?” ― D.T. Suzuki, Zen and Japanese Culture
it’s dark and gray here in sweden today (well, this whole week, so it seems). but, i’m ok with it. i’m still embracing my autumn honeymoon phase. still enjoying it. ask me again this time next month – when it is super dark out.
of course, when it’s chilly and dark and gray, i need warm drinks to make me feel all cozy. so, i thought i’d share with you a new old favorite of mine: honey ginger lemon tea.
lina, my love, write about this on her blog the other day (read her post –> here). and she relayed the story of how we came to crave this warm concoction. it was thanks to eating dinner out with some good friends in asheville about this time last year. we all ordered it, and lina and i fell in love. you can amazingly taste all of the flavors, and it just feels like peace being poured into you.
well, it has taken me a while to take the time to look up this simple recipe, but now i’ve got it. i was hoping that my pot of tea would be as yummy as the one we had last year – and it was!
so, friends, here’s the super easy, health-conscious, good-for-you, deliciously warm and calming recipe. enjoy!
fresh ginger root, lemon, honey, water
What to do:
Fill a pot with one cup of water (1-2 deciliters). Cut off about a 1 inch piece of ginger root. Grate the ginger using a little grater over the pot of water (just to make sure the ginger falls into the water). Pour a second cup of water (1-2 dl) over the grater to get the rest of the ginger off and into the pot. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze one half of the lemon into the pot of water and ginger. Add honey to taste. Heat up all of the ingredients in the pot to almost boiling.
Strain/filter the tea into mugs or a tea pot. I used a regular coffee filter, but mind you, it takes a while to let the water run through. Honestly, I only filtered it so no ginger pieces ended up in my tea pot. So, you can pretty much just take out what few pieces might be there and then just pour the rest of it into your mugs/tea pot.
And remember, holding a cup of tea in your hands, sipping on the warm goodness, you can, in fact, have a holy moment, I believe. Good tea. Good conversation or meditation. What a beautifully, slow, zen moment. Perfect to share with someone or to enjoy all alone.