Vanilla Ginger Hot Lemonade
Vanilla Ginger Hot Lemonade
It’s cozy season and even in the tropics sometimes we want a warm cup of yumminess too! Vanilla Ginger Hot Lemonade is a tried and true favorite for our family and clients too! You can use lemons or limes for this recipe so pucker up and get ready for the tastiest lemonade of the season!
Warming beverages can help gently stimulate the system, cleanse the channels and balance out the fluctuations at this time of year. We find hot ginger lemonade to be appealing to all ages and a special treat for kids instead of sipping cold juices or packaged drinks. This is especially important as we dive into what is frequently known as “cold and flu season”.
Vanilla Ginger Lemonade has the Best Tastes of the Season
Each season similar to the dosha has predominant tastes (rasa) that reduce the quantity of the elements that have accumulated. We have a full blog post on it if you want to learn more! The Autumn weather often increases Vata Dosha due to the cool, dry, rough, mobile nature. Tastes that are sweet, sour and salty warm the system. They also add moisture, stabilization and keep the digestive agni feeling balanced throughout the cooler weather.
The mix of sweet and sour lemonade with the smoothness of fresh vanilla and a pinch of warming fresh ginger do just the trick and it tastes simple and delicious. This recipe was created in our Island Fresh Cafe on St Croix and during the raining autumn and windy winter season it was a favorite! We recommend not skimping on the fresh vanilla pods or fresh ginger so you can bring the island spice vibe into your kitchen no matter where you live.
Vanilla Ginger Hot Lemonade Ingredients:
- 4 Cups Spring Water
- 2 Large Thumbs Fresh Ginger, thinly spiced or grated
- 1 Vanilla Pod, slice down the center and scrape beans into warm water. Alternatively 1 tsp of vanilla extract can be used. (We like to make our own with fresh vanilla beans and local rum)
- 5-6 Fresh Lemons or Limes
- Jaggery or Maple Syrup to Taste (if you notice symptoms of kapha like mucous or heaviness honey can be substituted)
- Bring ginger, vanilla pod and water to a boil. Reduce heat and cover to steep.
- After 10-15 minutes strain out ginger and vanilla.
- Add fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice and sweetener to the mix.
- Serve warm (If you are using honey add per cup so as not to reheat honey or it can create too much heat as honey is more warming in properties than jaggery or maple syrup).
- You can refrigerate for 3-5 days and heat up as desired.
This makes a delicious afternoon pick me up. The sweet taste is grounding after an afternoon of activity or work and the sour taste provides an instant pick me up.
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