I’ve been fighting a cold, Mike’s coming down with it, and I desperately want to keep Nick from getting sick again before he graduates.
So, it’s time for ginger shots for everyone!
Last winter, my friend Rachel told me that she’d been making ginger shots for her family and they were getting tired of her pushing them. But, she said, none of them had been sick all winter. Last year was a bad year for colds and flu. I’d had it at least three times.
I told her that I don’t like shots. I never did. You get a bunch of people lined up at a bar with shots in front of them and there are bound to be regretful drunk texts, vomit in the boxwood by the entrance, hours lost forever to stupor, and bruises of unknown origin. I hated the taste of most hard liquors anyway.
So, when Rachel told me about them, I imagined something with honey and whiskey, that pseudo-medicinal for a cough that I knew I’d regret if I ever tried it.
Rachel told me it didn’t have any alcohol in it, then gave me the recipe. I always forget what people say on the third ingredient whenever anyone tries to recite a recipe. But this one sounded intriguing. I’d been sick, so I asked her to write it down. I love when food helps to keep you healthy.
The ginger shots seem to help. I don’t care if it’s the placebo effect. I think they work.
So, here’s Rachel’s recipe so you all can stay healthier this winter:
If you can, buy organic ginger root so you don’t have to peel it very much. Cut off the ugly ends of the ginger and blend it with water in a food processor. Put this into a glass jar with no more than a liter total of water and store in the fridge. (I only use a half liter of water, but my shots are potent.) When you need a boost to your immune system, ladle some of the ginger slurry into cheesecloth and squeeze it through into a bowl. Add the other ingredients, stir, and pour it into shot glasses.
1/3 C ginger/water mixture
1 or 2 T lemon or lime juice to taste
2 T honey or stevia
1/8 tsp sea salt
Then, have everybody line up at the bar and down those suckers in one gulp. Watch for the shiver afterward.
Thank you for listening, jules