spiced honey lemon drink

This is the perfect drink for a cold wintery night and also serves as a home remedy for sore throats.

I spoiled my sister by making this for her whenever she was feeling a bit under the weather during the winter holidays and now whenver she feels a cold coming on, she calls me up to tell me she wishes I were there to make this drink for her. It really is simple enough to make yourself,sis! The ginger syrup can actually be made in advance and when stored properly in an airtight container will actually last at least a week so be sure to make extra during the cold season.




1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 (1/2-inch) piece fresh ginger root
1 lemon
18 cloves
1 tablespoon honey, plus more to taste
6 cups hot water



Chef’s knife (See the Guide)
Vegetable peeler (optional)
Cutting board
Small saucepan
6 glass mugs (See the Guide)



  • Rinse the ginger root under water to clean and remove the skin either with a vegetable peeler or simply cutting the edges with chef’s knife. Slice the ginger into 1/8-inch thin slices. (Be sure to lay the ginger on its flat side so you can get a good grip and avoid any mishaps.)
  • In a small saucepan, add 3 teaspoons of water, 1 teaspoon of sugar and sliced ginger. Let simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes to infuse the ginger into the syrup.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the lemon garnish. Slice the lemon length-wise into 6 wedges. Insert three cloves into each lemon wedge.
  • Drizzle about 1/2 teaspoon of honey and 1/2 teaspoon of the ginger syrup onto the bottom of each mug. Fill each mug with hot water. Add more honey or ginger syrup to taste.
  • Just before serving, gently squeeze a lemon wedge over each mug to release some of the juices and drop in as garnish. Enjoy hot or warm.

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