Hot toddies are traditionally made with whiskey, rum or brandy. This nonalcoholic recipe combines lavender’s calming benefits with soothing honey and lemon. For extra health protection, add a crushed raw garlic clove. MAKES 1 TO 2 SERVINGS OF LAVENDER-LEMON HOT TODDY.
• 2 cup water
• Fresh juice of 1 lemon
• 2 tablespoons lavender buds
• 1 teaspoon ginger
• 1 to 2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar, to taste
• 2 tea green bags (decaf or regular) OR 2 tablespoons loose green tea
• 1 to 2 crushed raw garlic cloves, optional
1. Combine water, lemon juice, lavender, ginger, sweetener and tea bags in a saucepan. Bring to boil. Remove from heat and steep for at least 5 minutes.
2. Place optional crushed raw garlic clove at the bottom of each teacup or mug.
3. Strain warm lavender-lemon brew and pour into teacup or mug.
Fresh tips: Crush or mince garlic cloves to release the healing properties of garlic, including the disease-fighting compound allicin. Rub lemon juice on hands and utensils to remove garlic odor.
Letitia L. Star is a freelance writer and recipe developer who frequently contributes to The Herb Companion.
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