Apparently, a winter storm is headed toward the East Coast.
After a few months of spring-like weather (even the cherry blossoms in D.C. thought that it was time to bloom), we’re about to be hit with a couple feet of snow. And somewhat predictably, everyone in D.C. is FREAKING out. I saw more than a few Twitter posts about stockpiling milk and dry goods today.
I’m not a huge fan of snow or cold weather in general. But I try to make the best out of a bad situation. My go-to plan usually involves bottomless cups of tea, burrowing myself in my apartment and waiting for the storm to pass. To start things off on the right foot, I made a cup of turmeric tea with honey and lime.
I made this tea for the first time about two years ago when I moved to D.C. There was already snow on the ground then and my old apartment was freezing. This tea is part of what got me through the winter. The coconut and lime makes you dream about places where it’s not snowing, the ginger and turmeric warms you and the honey adds the perfect touch of sweetness.
Enjoy before, during or after the eye of a winter storm. Or, you know, whenever you feel like it.
Coconut Ginger Tea with Honey, Lime and Turmeric (from the NYT Recipes for Health)
¼ cup finely grated unsweetened coconut
2 to 3 teaspoons minced ginger
2 ½ cups boiling water
Up to 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, to taste
For each serving: 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons honey or honey-turmeric paste (see below)
½ teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons honey
Place the coconut and ginger in a large pyrex measuring cup or teapot and pour on the boiling water. Cover and allow to steep for 30 minutes or longer. Strain into another measuring cup, a bowl or a teapot and press the coconut against the strainer to extract all the flavorful liquid.
Reheat the infusion and pour into cups. Stir 1/2 to 1 teaspoon lime juice and 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons honey or honey-turmeric paste into each cup.