It's cold season at our house (I should really invest in Kleenex stock right now) and one of our tried + true ways of coping with the sheer yuckiness and exhaustion is drinking lots of this lemon ginger tonic.
You can make it at home with just a few ingredients - and for us these are things that we constantly have laying around.
Lemon Syrup 4 - 6 Meyer lemons (regular lemons will do if you can't find Meyers) 2 cups sugar 4 cups water
My meyer lemon syrup is a side effect of homemade candied meyer lemon peel but if you want to skip the candy and go straight for the simple syrup, simply wash and peel the lemons. Add lemon peels and 4 cups water to a saucepan and cook over medium-high until mixture is boiling. Strain, reserving one cup of the liquid. Set lemon peels aside.
Add two cups sugar and reserved liquid to saucepan. Stir over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add lemon peels to the mixture and simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove peels and pour syrup into a mason jar to cool (you should have about 2 cups).
This will keep, tightly sealed, in your fridge for about a month.
Ginger Drink 3 - 4 inches of fresh ginger, finely sliced 6 cups water
Wash and slice the ginger - you can leave the peel on for this recipe. Add slices and water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat and simmer, uncovered for 45 minutes - 1 hour. Strain out the ginger pieces.
To serve, add 2 tbsp lemon syrup, 1 tbsp honey to a mug. Top off with ginger drink and voila! You will feel better.
If you REALLY want this drink to pack a punch, add a shot of rum. You'll be ready for another nap in no time.