A soothing hot drink that's easy to make. This Hot Lemonade is a great way to take the chill off the day.
All you need is water, lemon, honey (or maple syrup), turmeric, and black pepper. Turmeric is a bright-gold spice that comes, not surprisingly, from the turmeric plant. It’s one of the key spices in making Indian curries. Touted as having many health benefits, it’s bitter flavour provides a counterpoint to the honey. The pepper in the recipe is included to make the turmeric more bioavailable – i.e. – readily usable by your body.
Making Hot Lemonade
Making hot lemonade isn’t much more work than making yourself a cup of tea or coffee. Boil some water. Juice the lemon. Put the honey, turmeric, and black pepper in a coffee mug. Add in the lemon and stir in boiling water to fill the mug and you’re all set. You can control how strong the lemonade simply by using more or less water.
Tips: Honey and Plant-based diets
Honey can be a contentious ingredient. Strict vegan diets do not include honey, as it is made by bees. However, many vegan or plant-based eaters do include honey in their diets. As always, we think the choice is yours to make.
If you don't want to use honey, you can use an equal amount of maple syrup or another liquid sweetener of your choice. Keep in mind that these will change the flavour of the lemonade. You could also use white sugar, but be aware that some brands use animal products (bone char) in the processing. For more information, see: Sugar, sugar, honey , honey: A guide to sweeteners for plant-based diets.
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/8th teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons honey (or sub maple syrup)
- boiling water
- Combine the honey and spices in a coffee mug. Add in the lemon juice and then stir in enough boiling water to fill the mug. (Or less if you want it stronger).
- Sit quietly and sip slowly.
Nutritional InformationNutritional information is an estimate only.
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