A few of the things we love most about Mexico? The amazing street food, the numerous celebrations, and the incredible hospitality. But top of that list is how everyone always has advice on health like how to fight a cold.
On our most recent trip to Mexico City, it was full-on cold season and everyone was sharing their remedy. Our Oaxacan friend swears by steeped ginger with honey, our Sinaloan friend says all you need is one shot of each lime juice and mezcal and then to sleep it off, and our friend from Mexico City was all about a hot toddy. We took inspiration from all of them and came up with this recipe that combines the best of ginger tea with a Hot Toddy -- with a bit of ginger, lime, honey, basil, and mezcal.
There's probably no scientific evidence this does all that much to fight a cold but we do imagine it makes it more bearable!
peeled and juiced
For The Ginger Mint Tea: Use the back of a teaspoon to peel the ginger then finely chop it. Place chopped ginger in a mini food processor and pulse until it's pulverized. Meanwhile, using a vegetable peeler, remove the lemon peel in strips, making sure to avoid the white pith. Juice all the limes (you should have about 1 cup of juice).
Bring the 4 cups of water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the ginger, lime peels, and basil and set aside off the heat to steep for 10 minutes or until the tea is as ginger-y as you'd like.
Check out this pointer on how to peel ginger using a spoon.
For The Mezcal Hot Toddy: Place 1 ounce of mezcal and 1 teaspoon of honey in the bottom of four mugs. Divide the ginger mint tea (with the ginger, lime peels, and basil) among the four mugs. Stir to combine and add more mezcal or honey as desired to make it as sweet or boozy as you'd like.
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