I’m feeling particularly nostalgic at the end of this year, mainly because it was our first full year of parenting. This year Adriana blossomed from a 3 month old baby in January into a 15 month old hilarious, chatty, and very strong-willed toddler by December. The change!!! We witnessed first words, first crawls, first teeth, and first steps in 2015. My iphone filled capacity countless times (breathe…), but I still worried that I wasn’t capturing enough. The sheer amount of development, growth, and experiences that we’ve shared together in 2015 are enough to make my eyes well up with tears. Even though I know there were tough times in every area of life, right now I’m reflecting through rose coloured glasses. I hope the memories will stay a part of me in one way or another, even if I wasn’t so great at documenting everything like I did in the early months.
Like every year, I consumed more than my fair share of treats this month. After we got home from visiting family, I found myself at the grocery store stuffing my cart with produce galore and planning homemade plant-heavy meals in an effort to bring back the balance. The great thing about plant-based eating is that it only takes a day or two to get back on track and feel energized once again. I’m not someone who shuns sweets entirely at the start of a year (I love my dark chocolate way too much), but instead prefer to focus on what I’m adding to my diet. Celebrate that stuff!
I love, love, love experimenting with homemade hot tonics, and I’ve been tweaking my favourite concoctions for a few years now. I know anything detox is so cliche this time of the year, but this drink really does make me feel amazing after weeks of indulgences so I don’t even care. In the past, I’ve often used fresh turmeric, fresh ginger, cayenne, and sliced lemon (see my “Healing rooibos tea” on page 69 of The Oh She Glows Cookbook), which is awesome, but it requires a trip to the grocery store, and finding fresh turmeric can be hit or miss. Recipes need to be accessible so I came up with this delicious “pantry” version for those times when I want it now. It’s fast, there’s no grating/peeling involved (unless you opt for the fresh ginger version), and you can keep the ingredients on hand in your pantry (aside from the lemon, but I usually have those miracle workers on hand!) to enjoy any time the craving strikes. Yes, you will crave this drink…it’s that good. I know this is going to be my reset button drink all winter long.
Hot Detox Tonic
2 cups (500 mL)
Get ready to feel warm, energized, and ready to tackle the day! This is my new go-to hot beverage of choice when I want to hit the reset button, amp up my metabolism, and boost circulation. It comes together fast with ingredients that I tend to keep on hand. I love to drink this throughout the day, but it’s especially effective when consumed on an empty stomach after waking. I use a ginger tea bag for a quick option, but I provide a fresh ginger option below too. Also, if you ever have some kicking around, fresh mint is an invigorating, tummy-soothing addition.
- 1 ginger tea bag or 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger*
- 2 cups (500 mL) boiling water
- Few dashes cinnamon, to taste**
- Few dashes ground turmeric, to taste
- Few dashes cayenne pepper, to taste (use less if you don’t like heat)
- 1 teaspoon (5 mL) apple cider vinegar
- 1 small lemon slice
- Pure maple syrup, to taste (I use 1 teaspoon/5 mL)
- Grab an extra large mug or a small teapot (3-cup capacity). Place ginger tea bag inside.
- Boil 2 cups of water and pour all the water into the mug/teapot. Cover and steep the ginger tea for 7 to 8 minutes.
- Remove tea bag. Set aside the tea bag to cool. Once the tea bag has cooled a bit you can gently squeeze it into the pot to infuse the tea with even more ginger flavour.
- Add the cinnamon, turmeric, and cayenne. Whisk until combined.
- Add the vinegar and drop in the lemon wedge. Whisk to infuse the lemon.
- Add maple syrup to taste, and whisk to combine.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
- * For the fresh ginger version: Pop the fresh grated ginger into a tea ball or mesh tea steeper, and steep tea for about 6 to 7 minutes. Proceed as usual.
- ** The spices tend to settle at the bottom of the mug/pot. Simply whisk it now and then to redistribute.
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I’d like to wish you all a New Year filled with happiness, health, love, and your wildest dreams becoming reality! Thank you for all your support, comments, love, and encouragement in 2015. I can’t wait to share the fun things we have coming up in 2016.
I will be trying this tomorow!
I tried this tonic about a week ago and I love it. I add mint to the tonic also. I cut down to a small cup of coffee in the morning and sip on this through the afternoon. I am not a vegan, but I really like having your recipes as other healthy options. I found your website when I was looking for some entertaining recipes for my vegetarian friend and have been hooked since. Love your cookbook too!
Aw, thank you so much for the warm comment, Christina! I’m so pleased you like the tonic; a bit of mint is such a great twist!
Winter makes me lazy to drink water and detox :D Thank you for this recipe! Hot drinks are the best choice in this cold weather ^^
I love this tea!! It makes me feel awake and invigorated. I do pee a ton when I drink it, though! Even with the ginger tea bag option. All in all, totally worth it.
OMG i used this with a tumeric roobioos(sp?) teabag and a ginger one adding in cinnamon stick and the rest i can get past the taste and stink of the roobioos now! and IT”S YUM my tummy is pleased, i was having a bad gastro day till now! ty ty
I can totally relate to consuming too many treats, hahaha. all too often…. but wow does this tea recipe sound yummy!! And the fact that it can help detox.. amazing! Thank you!!!
Just wanted to ask if you could make a batch of this for the fridge and drink it cold?
Hi Kari, Yes you absolutely can chill it! My advice would be to just give it a good stir before drinking as the spices tend to settle on the bottom.
I just had a quick question. I’m a teacher, and I’m up at the butt booty crack of dawn every day, but I make this tea in the summer ALL THE TIME, and I LOVE it. Is this something I can make at the beginning of the week, refrigerate, and pop in the microwave in the morning during the school year, or does the refrigeration/reheating process lessen the benefits?
Hi Hayley, Oh I love that you love this tea so much! I do too. :) I do think it reheats fine, I’m just not sure how long it’ll last in the fridge before the flavours start to change. I would think 2-3 days should be okay but maybe longer. I’m also not sure about nutrient loss when reheating/microwaving. There is probably some loss, but I would suggest putting it in an airtight jar to help prevent this when storing, at least. I’d love to know how it goes if you try a larger batch for the week! I may have to try it myself too :)
I know this post is a bit dated, but I was hoping for some feedback. I recently found and tried this recipe and LOVE IT! I already drink fresh ginger and lemon tea daily, so I was wondering: would this be okay to also drink daily? At least during some of the times when my system seems a little sluggish (like now, LOL). It seems mild enough that it wouldn’t cause any harm, per say. Thoughts?
Hey Elizabeth, I’m so glad you love it so much! I’m not sure about drinking it daily – I think it would be specific to the person and how your body handles it. :)
I have to be honest that when I have a cold this is my favorite drink to cook up. It always makes me feel better and is such a good pick-me-up. I’ve been using it for years and it never fails, plus I nearly always have these ingredients on hand so I don’t need to go outside when I’m sick (no thanks) Thanks so much for sharing!
I really like the drink in the book but like you said, it can be hard to have everything on hand. I also don’t want to stand by the stove when I am sick.
I am wondering if there is a substitute for the apple cider vinegar. I really don’t like it. If it is essential to the drink, could you please recommend a brand?
Hands down! The tastiest tea!!