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A long time ago, a friend of mine named rosefox posted a recipe for Evil Tea[tm] that serves as a home remedy for colds and illness. Last night i came down with some bug, not as bad as when i was still smoking, but still icky: lethargy, some congestions, and sore throat. This morning i woke up with my eardrums sore from sinuses. So tonight, i decided to make some Evil Tea to relieve symptoms. And i've hit upon a variation that i actually like very much.

Rose's Evil Tea V3.06

1/2 tsp powdered ginger (or freshly grated root)
1 tsp lemon juice (or 1 lemon wedge)
1/2 oz Whiskey
6 whole cloves
2 dashes black pepper
1 dash tabasco sauce

Combine into one mug, mix thoroughly. Ad 1 bag dried peppermint (if desired) and add near-boiling water. Add honey to taste. Drink when barely cool; the hotter the better. As you wait ofr it to cool, inhale the steam. If using the lemon wedge, toss in the squeezed rind for the oils contained therein. Pickled ginger and wasabi may be substituted for a more asian flavour. All measurements are approximate and may be adjusted to taste.

How It Works:
Cloves, ginger, & peppermint relieve nausea and aid digestion. Cloves are also an antiseptic and expectorant.
Honey soothes sore throat
Tabasco & black pepper clean out the sinuses. The steam from the hot water helps, too.
Lemon juice cuts the mucus in the back of the throat and gives vitamin C.
Whiskey is an antiseptic and mental analgesic.

Lizzi's Variation of the Evul Tea

2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 tsp prepared ginger root (I buy it in the tube at the asian supermarket.)
10 whole cloves
2 tbsp Grand Marnier
Honey to taste (I used about 2-3 tbsp)
1 Green Tea teabag
2 Cups boiling water

Mix together first 5 ingredients thoroughly, then add boiling water and teabag.
brew for 3 minutes in a large thermos mug with cap closed. Then remove teabag, and fish out the cloves with spoon. Enjoy thoroughly.

I really loved this variation. I've never been a whiskey fan except in certain drinks, and Grand Marnier gives it a fruitiness that is quite lovely.

xposted to food_porn as well as my own journal.


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Feb. 25th, 2004 05:02 pm (UTC)
I tend to go for a more modest version of cold symptom remedy, based on hot lemonade recipe I picked up from tesselene.

As much lemon juice as one can stand the sour of,
As much honey as it takes to make it yummy,
A sploosh of vodka (so give me a break, I grew up with that as the booze of choice),
Hot water (rather than tea, to avoid the diuretic effect, and because I think the tea taste doesn't balance quite right).
Stir, drink as hot as you can stand.

(I'm too much of a hot & spicy wimp to be able to handle the ginger, pepper, tabasco, or other such things.)

This stuff is good - I've had days when I've lost my voice altogether - this stuff brought it back for a good 10-15 mins per cup. Which, when one's job requires making phone calls, was awfully useful.
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