Monday, January 7, 2008
Lemon-Turmeric Malaise Deterrent
Barack Obama has a sore throat, and it's too bad he's all the way in New Hampshire, or we'd give him some of this turmeric-glow elixir and fix him right up. Since the New Hampshire primaries are upon us and it's general cough-cold-yuckiness season anyway, we thought we'd share this concoction, passed on to us by my sister. It's great for clearing your sinuses, zapping hoarseness, getting up the phlegm, or just giving you a sweet-tart cayenne jolt. (Blah blah, these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease).
More cocktail party trivia for you to bring up at whatever New-Hampshire-returns-watching soiree you'll be attending: did you know that turmeric is actually a rhizome, like ginger? We have some whole turmeric lovingly brought back from India by a friend and have been grinding them up whenever we want to make this drink.
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey (or more, to taste)
1/2 tablespoon turmeric
1/8 tablespoon cayenne
1 tablespoon warm water
Combine all ingredients and stir well to dissolve the honey. We take shots of this whenever we need it, but Barack and anyone else who might be drinking this in public, you can dilute with a cup of hot water so you don't grimace on camera while you're sipping it.