I had a resolution a few months that I was going to have a smoothie every day. It was to make me bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, give me joie de vivre and a healthy glow. My resolution lasted a week. Then the days grew colder, the nights grew longer and I resorted to steaming hot tea and this ginger drink.
You don't need to have a sore throat to drink this but if you do have one, it's a pretty good throat buster.
The fiddly part of this is preparing the ginger but if you prepare a batch all in one go, you can store it and the rest is very little work.
Use a potato peeler to peel the skin off the ginger. Some people use a teaspoon. Cut into thick slices.
Store in a container and put in the fridge. That way, it's ready for when you want.
I store mine like this for up to 2 or 3 weeks.
Every time you want to make a ginger drink, take some slices and bash them in a pestle and mortar, just enough to bruise them.
Put them in a saucepan with water. How much ginger to water you put in depends on how strong you want this to be. I do 3 chunks to about 2 mugfuls of water.
Put the lid on the pan and simmer for about 10-20 minutes or until you remember to turn off the heat.
Sprinkle about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric. Turmeric is a wonderful anti-inflammatory and very good generally for your immune system.
At this point, you can either drink now or leave to infuse in the pan with the lid on.
Strain into a mug, stir in a teaspoon of honey and a dash of cinnamon.
Yay! Ginger drink!