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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ginger Tea - The Yangtze - Outdoor Wednesday



Lesser Three Gorges - Daning Tributary to the Yangtze River



Thai-Style Ginger Tea

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...
I think we've all experienced an instant connect with a stranger at one time or another in our lives. This photo, captured at a bend in the Yangtze river, was taken beneath the parasol of such a friend. She called Singapore home but was Thai by birth. A career and several marriages had, quite literally, taken her around the world and she knew a thing or two about comfort on the road. Her purse was a veritable magician's hat and on this particular day, unhappy with the flavorless tea being served on board our small excursion ship, she pulled two packets from her bottomless "hat" and proceeded to make two cups of the best tea I had ever had. The tea was actually a Thai Ginger Drink that is very popular in Asia. While ginger is used in cooking throughout the world, you may be surprised to learn that it has health benefits as well. Many, especially in Asia, consider it to be a cure-all. Health benefits aside, my main interest in using fresh ginger is to make tea. While I haven't been able to create an exact duplicate of the ginger drink, I've come very close and have been serving it, hot or cold, ever since. This is how it's done.

Ginger Tea...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
8 cups water
1/2 cup peeled and thinly sliced fresh ginger
1 lemon or lime thinly sliced
1/4 to 1/2 cup dark honey

Directions:
Bring water to a rolling boil. Remove from heat. Add ginger and lemon. Cover pot and let sit for 20 to 40 minutes. The tea becomes stronger the longer it steeps. Strain. Stir in honey. Serve hot or cold. Yield: 8 cups.

This recipe is being linked to Outdoor Wednesday, an event sponsored by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.

55 comments :

rosecottagegardensandfarm said...

What a refreshing tea recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Enjoy this lovely week~
Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

claudie said...

OMGosh Mary
Amazing picture of the Yangtze... I must try the tea with my good friend that's arriving tomorrow.
Happy OW
Love Claudie
xo

Marsha's Mpressions said...

hmmm...that sounds like something I'd like to try. BTW, I tried your pork loin recipe with the rosemary, except (don't gasp) I cooked it in the crock pot. I used my own rosemary growing in a pot on my deck. I know, if I were a real cook like you I wouldn't have done that, but it seemed easier to me. Anyway it was very good. Thanks!

The Stylish House said...

Mary,
Don't you love when these wonderful things happen in life? This was a great story, and I gather an excellent cup of tea!
Cathy

Regina said...

Beautiful river! Another great post.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I do know that ginger settles an upset stomach. My mother used to give me ginger ale when I wasn't feeling well. My vet told me to give gingersnaps to my dog to help prevent car sickness.

My Little Space said...

Ginger tea is such a delightful drink. We drink it when we catch cold! And the lady you mentioned about, I think I am more or less like her! I always like to keep lots of packet drinks with me when travelling...he he!

Joy said...

Lovely picture, and lovely tea. How refreshing ginger is, I haven't made this combination, so I will!

Jo. said...

Oh I love ginger tea - very hot in the winter and lukewarm in spring and summer. Perfect and so healthy.

mbkatc230 said...

This sound very refreshing. And the picture of the Yangtze is gorgeous! The water is such a beautiful color. Great post! Kathy

Amy said...

Sounds yummy and it's good for you? I'm off to the store today! I need to substitute something for my diet cokes. Thanks!

Joycee said...

Wonderful memory paired with a wonderful recipe, you are the master of that!

Hootin' Anni said...

That river photo is GOR-R-R-geous Mary!!!! And, I'm all for tea. Anytime, anywhere, any place!!!


My O W is posted now...it's a continuation [and last entry for the week] of our tour of the Botanical Gardens.

Donna-FFW said...

Sounds like a most relaxing drink! And so flavorful!

Terry said...

Mary,
Great post... I love ginger tea, it is great for my acid reflux. I don't do the honey or lime in it, but it tastes great plain.

Hope you are having a great day. Terry

Katherine Aucoin said...

So simple and refreshing. i can picture myself sipping on this tea while enjoy the beautiful view in your photo.

Bonnie said...

I have never done anything with ginger before. I am going to try this. Love the photo of the Yangtze! Thanks for sharing your story.

storyteller at Sacred Ruminations said...

Lovely outdoor watery view ... so majestic ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

The Apple Hill Adventurer said...

yum! i love tea! i cant wait for the weather to turn cold so i can eat hot oats and tea in the mornings.

i love your outdoor entries :)

Susan said...

You meet a stranger, connect. And now you share this wonderful tea recipe with bloggers around the world. Wonderful. This sounds especially good during flu season this winter. Thank you.

bj said...

Ummm...the tea sounds so delightful and I don't believe I've ever, in my entire looong life, seen such a beautiful river.

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

I have to admit typically I am not the biggest fan of Ginger ... but it sounds so refreshing i may just have to give this a shot!

Thanks for sharing.. love the lake photo too.

TTFN~~~Claudia ♥ ♥

Sarah said...

Ginger tea sounds delightful. Thanks for sharing.
And thanks for the visit. Hope to see you again at Hyacinth For The Soul ~ Hyacinth

Tootsie said...

this sounds good too!!! you always have nice things to share!

Natashya said...

I absolutley love ginger. What a magical encounter you had. Such a simple and lovely recipe, thank you for sharing it with us!

Cathy said...

What a gorgeous photo, Mary. I love my memories of traveling in wonderful places.

I'm so fond of ginger. I know I would enjoy this tea. Thanks for the recipe.

Mini Baker said...

WOW! gorgeous pictures, it reminds me of my trip to Thailand last summer!
That tea looks delicious also :)

xinex said...

Thanks for the advice, Mary. And yes, I can grow lavender here, good idea!...Christine

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm still obsessed with yesterday's pie.

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh lovely I just love ginger.
love
Alison
x

Riet said...

What a lovely tea recipe and such a beautiful picture. have a nice day

Brenda said...

That is ONE gorgeous photo!
Brenda

Donna Marie said...

Mary,

What a fabulous picture! I love how the reflection water pics up the rich green colors from the trees!

That Tea recipe look absolutely yummy!!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. :)


xoxoxoxo
Donna Marie

Queen B. said...

Oh how i Adore TEA !!
Thank you sooooooooooooo much for this recipe !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Becky K. said...

Sounds wonderful!

Becky K.

Pam said...

It would be delightful to sip some ginger tea while meandering up the Yangtze River...

Your photos are wonderful, Mary:)

Cass @ That Old House said...

Now that tea looks amazing. Also amazing -- the shot of the Yangtze. That name alone just rings with exotic images! It's stunning.

(And about my pie and wine supper? We counted the crust as the bread . . . .)

Cass

Florida Sue said...

Oh my goodness Mary. Is this synchronicity or what? I just made some ginger tea last night for an upset stomach from my medication. Ginger is better than dramamine in my opinion, it never fails to calm the nausea. When I am home I always have the real deal soda as a treat..good old Canada Dry Gingerale.

XOSue

Jackie at PhamFatale.com said...

I make the same kind of drink with lemongrass and keffir lime. It's so refreshing during hot summer days!

the ungourmet said...

Gorgeous!

I love ginger tea and I bet this one is amazing with the lime in it!

Michelle said...

Gorgeous photo of the Yangtze River!

jeanne said...

Hi Mary, I think the ginger tea is one perfect drink. Thanks for your visit today and for sharing the ginger tea. Mmmmmm it sounds delish!!!

Hugs...Jeanne

Katy ~ said...

Oh my gosh do I want some of that tea right now. I have ginger in the fridge. Will be having tea very, very soon. I have been looking for something besides coffee to drink in the morning. This will make a perfect hot drink!!! Thank you thank you thank you.

SmilingSally said...

I'll bet this is refreshing on a hot summer day.

LV said...

Love the beautiful gorge picture. You did a good job on that. And, the drink recipe really sounds tasty. Your comment today was most appreciated.

Denise said...

Beautiful pictures. Thanks for stopping by my blog, it's always nice to get new comments.

Marina Capano said...

Fantastic! great post!

Fuji Mama said...

I LOVE ginger tea! I'm definitely going to have to try out your version! I love those types of friends!

Jane said...

Yum! That tea sounds wonderful.
The photo of the Yangtze is amazing...

Jane (Artfully Graced)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a lovely story and beautiful photo! I love tea and this recipe sounds delicious.

~Susan

Miller Racing Family said...

What a great photo. I love how the color of the water and trees almost match.
Happy OW!

Ebie said...

Oh, my first comment did not go through earlier this morning. The scenery is so gorgeous. I have always wanted to go to the mainland, but we only end up in Kwangtung province. Love tea with lemon but I'll have mine without honey. Thanks also for the recipe on the kebobs!

kbbryant said...

Special photo of the beautiful Yangtze. And the tea looks and seems like it would hit the spot!

Kathy b

Carla said...

What a wonderful view, and easy recipe!! Thank you for sharing your recipes, and visiting my blog!

Debinhawaii said...

Great picture and a wonderful looking tea--I love ginger.

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