honey and lemon, ginger tea

Fri 7th, Jun, 2013

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OK ladies a lovely honey and lemon, ginger tea recipe here this morning, hey it’s Friday, you want to see lemons, I give you lemons.


We get a lot of nasties in this old cottage, I have my reasons as to why, one there are 5 of us in this house all going about our business interacting with different people etc…the other is that one of my kiddos, yup I am totally putting the blame on one, frequents a place where there are a lot of kidlets around…you know little kidlets with new germs…


I have no idea to the scientific basis of this but I reckon it’s right and I am sticking to it…so over the years I have perfected recipes for honey tea, ginger and lemon tea, lemon with honey, honey with lemon, you get the picture…


I have to say too that I am pathetic when I have a cold, in this department I really should have been a man…for me it starts with lethargy, moves to aching limbs and a tingly feeling, goes to a searing headache and the ‘cold’ part doesn’t always comes out in the regular cold symptoms, which is a pain in the derriere in the sympathy department, because even though I may well feel like the back end of a bus, or indeed the front end of a bus, I don’t sound all snivelly and stuffed up, and so those around me, hello I am talking to you Mr Beach Cottage, assume as if I am ok, rather than serving me hot drinks, making me scrambled eggs, running to the shop to buy me Lucozade and generally treating me in the manner to which I should have been born..

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Sooo, long story short, I came up with a concoction some moons ago and when I feel the lethargy and the tingly skin coming on I down a few of these – sometimes it works, sometimes not…


I always think of this as quitessentially English, which of course is poppycock but it has distinct overtones of 1980′s English adverts for Lemsip  (not that I can remember that far back of course, I am just relaying this to you from what I have seen on YouTube ;-) ) where a woman with a red nose and a man in a scarf would pop the kettle on, whip out a little yellow and green packet, pour powder into a mug and stream boiling hot water onto it – all the while sucking us in and getting us to part with our cash for what was little more than a couple of paracetamol and a squeeze of lemon juice. I digress.


I remember though being uplifted by those little packets, I shudder to think what else was in there, but just that steaming mug alone and the soothing feeling is enough, sometimes, to do the trick.


So this is the healthy version of those packets with the addition of ginger…I adore the deceptive look of ginger…looks like a ratty, scruffly old piece of twig you might find out in the garden on the lawn, slice it up and all of a sudden wafts of fragrance hit you and you start to dream of exotic things while standing in your dressing gown (nod if it’s white) waiting for the kettle to boil.


This is a concoction of the most delectable manner – lovely honey, the tang of citrus, a hit from the ginger and then the two secret ingredients, a garlic clove and a slug of vinegar.

Strictly speaking this does not fit into a blog post as a recipe – you don’t need me to tell you how to boil a kettle or cut a lemon up and I eyeball this every time I make it, but here’s the thing: this is easy, super quick to make and can help your ailments.


honey and lemon, ginger tea
Author: abeachcottage.com
simple honey and lemon tea recipe with ginger
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 1 inch or so ginger
  • optional extras for hard core users only
  • parsley
  • 1 to 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 lug (c. 1tbsp) of apple cider vinegar (or any vinegar)
  1. add honey to mug
  2. finely slice half the lemon and stuff in
  3. slice ginger and add
  4. pour over hot water
  5. stir
  6. optional – add garlic, parsley and vinegar
  7. take a deep breath and think of England



I do think though it is the transformational part of this little honey and lemon drink that makes it so attractive, rather than its scientifically proved properties per se – grab a lemon, some honey, boil some water and add a few things to ‘boost’ and you walk away with centuries worth of so-called healing to a thing we still have not found a remedy for…in a steaming mug.





Now I would love to know your secret concoctions ladies, they can be to the common cold, they can be to man flu or they can be the things that you concoct to put on the skin of your forty-is-the-new-thirty-but-looks-like-one-hundred-and-eighty neck.

I’ll be seeing ya.  There’s a rumour in Beach Cottage Land a vintage style bicycle is on the way to this little white with rose-tinted mason jars corner of the interwebs and up for grabs for readers, hello lady, come to mumma…

Auf Wiedersehen






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14 Responses to “honey and lemon, ginger tea”

  1. Rochelle says:

    How did you know I have a cold Sarah. Thanks for the shout out. I so believe in Ginger, Lemon and Honey tea, I add mine to Rooibos tea. Works a treat everytime. I’m off to put the kettle on. xx

  2. Kate (Oxford uk) says:

    Perfect! As a beekeeper I heartily approve..

    Tbh, I put honey in many things – so much nicer than sugar! Your honey looks nice, do you have a local beekeeper?

    Kate x

  3. It’s the Honey I tell you! antibacterial qualities in that stuff, the more you have the better, sometimes just sucking spoons of the stuff will do the trick. I don’t like being ill and would rather soldier on at work (- where I got the mutated bug in the first place from all the little people I deal with!!!!) no one else is going to do the job and it will have multiplied by the time I get back there! So My remedy involves Hard core industrial strength stuff- panadeine or nurofen plus ( I need that codeine hit for the headache) and Polaramine( to really unblock my nose- I can’t stand it!) Plus Otrivin or drixine nasal spray, plus extra doses of low acid, slow release Vitamin c and my regular vitamins including most importantly zinc tablets! Yep It’s a chemist’s dream but it absolutely works for me and I can usually nip it in the bud and avoid any secondary infections and not have to miss any days of work or mothering and housework! You are not alone in getting zero sympathy I tell you!

  4. merilyn says:

    sending warm healing fuzzies if you are not feeling well sarah! it’s the pits … i can’t stand it if i catch anything as prevention is my motto! therefore i get very narky and angry if i’m sick.
    sympathy what’s that?
    only if you stay in bed it might happen? but as soon as you’re feet hit the floor, forget it!
    perfect photos of the remedy they will be going straight into my wellness folder thank you!
    i love to use eucalyptus which i dilute into a spray! everyone hates it but i keep spraying on door knobs, toilet flushes, anyone who coughs etc. you name it it’s killing everything and keeping most at bay! … perfect if you ask me! lol m:)

  5. Can totally recommend you using Manuka honey for a bit more antibacterial oomph … and some whiskey ;) xx

  6. Stacey Harrimar says:

    My Gran used to make this… she called it a hot toddy …. but from what I remember there was always a large splash of brandy added… she swore that it kept her healthy both summer and winter ; ) xx

  7. IrishMum says:

    If it had a drop of Irish whiskey in it, it would be perfect!

  8. mellie lang says:

    Love it, we have it in this house hold too, but never tried it with garlic, parsley or vinegar? Sounds strange but love trying new things so I’ll give it a whirl next time, i’ve just got ver a cold and I’m the same as you, feel ten times worse before anyone else can see that I am suffering, typical because I do like some fuss when I’m poorly

  9. Frances says:

    Oh I love this drink. I take a thermos of this to work every morning. Except I don’t put in the garlic or vinegar. Its so delicious. I grate the ginger and put it in a sieve, then pour the hot water through, squeeze a lemon and add the honey.

  10. Neen says:

    We have a very unwell boy, this may just soothe his pain ( and mine ). We’ve got plenty of lemons too, the tree is laden. My parents swear by manuka honey so I will ‘borrow’ a little this long week-end when I visit.
    Beautiful winter sunshiney weekend here, frosty brrrrr. Thanks Sarah :) Neen

  11. Hmmmmmmm…….am I the only one who can’t see the list of ingredients or the instructions????? It’s blank.

  12. terri says:

    i think i would feel better just looking at those cute little spoons each day!! where are they from please??

  13. Shar Y says:

    going to try this; have had a lingering cough due to cold for several weeks. thanks!