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the zen of drinking tea. and a recipe for a cup of peace.

22 Oct 2015

tea-pot 2

“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

hello friends!

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.

Serves 2.

honey-ginger-lemon-tea-cooking teap-pot-filter

You’re all done!  Sip and savor! (and add a shot of whiskey if you’re in the mood or if it’s extra chilly out. Hehe.) honey-ginger-lemon-tea-pouring

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.

Namaste xoxo



  • Reply Mani (A New Life Wandering) 22 Oct 2015 at 22:02

    The shot of whiskey took me off guard hehe. This is one of my favorite teas to drink. I often just leave the ginger pieces in and try not to drink them, but it wouldn’t be so bad.

    • Reply Mani (A New Life Wandering) 22 Oct 2015 at 22:03

      And I love your teapot by the way.

      • Reply Liz 23 Oct 2015 at 18:37

        Thanks! I bought it years ago and have carted around with me ever since. 🙂

    • Reply Liz 23 Oct 2015 at 18:36

      Haha! Well, I do love some whiskey every now and then. And you know, it’s part of an old wive’s tale that a shot of whiskey in the tea will knock any cold right out of you. 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting – it’s fun to have another tea drinking buddy. xo

  • Reply Aura Eadon 24 Oct 2015 at 11:28

    Thanks for sharing the recipe I will try it definitely. I tried subscribing to Lina’s blog via RSS but I don’t get any emails and there isn’t an email subscription option as far as I can tell. Thanks for reminding about her posts also, I’ll go and visit later today.

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