Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sore Throat tea--borrowed from another BLOG

Preparing for Winter...

With the start of school (and cold season) I've finally gotten around to making some lemon-honey tea base for me and the kids. I guess this stuff is ubiquitous in Korea and other Asian countries, but here in America it probably looks like you're drinking marmalade jam.

The first time I ever tired this was in Oregon when my Korean neighbor invited me over to share in my first ever Korean food experience. While she was gathering up things like shrimp flavored Cheetos and salty toasted nori for me to sample (this is probably why it took me another 3 years to ever try Korean food again), she also mixed up some Korean honey tea. She produced a glass continaer from the very back of her fridge and dug out a giant dollop of amber colored jam that she uncermoniously gloped into a cup. She poured boiling water over it, and handed me my mug. Wow, the most glorious thing I've ever tasted...it was fruity, and warming, and totally blissful. I was suprised to find it only contained two ingredients as well...sliced lemons and honey. She said when she ever had extra lemons she sliced them up and added them to her jar...extra honey? Same thing.

I guess you can buy this stuff pre-made at any Asian market, but why bother when you can use fresh, organic ingredients, and put it together yourself? Honey is a natural preservative and after awhile the lemons kindof dissolve into the honey to make a fragrant, sweet, marmalade like concoction. This would make a really thoughtful dinner party gift. A perfect hot drink during the cold months, and very soothing to a sore throat!