This immune-boosting orange ginger elixir is exactly what you need to keep the cold and flu at bay. Full of vitamins and antioxidants, it’s perfect for the winter months.
When February hits, it seems like everyone comes down with a cold, or they’re trying to fight off a cold. Either way, we all know that the cure for any kind of winter ailment is orange, ginger, lemongrass and a good hit of turmeric. This elixir has those things in spades.
Orange Ginger Immune Elixir
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An elixir is essentially a sweet flavored liquid used for medicinal purposes. They’re almost always made with natural, non-caffeinated ingredients. Elixers date back 1000’s of years to the ancient Egyptians and have been part of many peoples wellness routines ever since.
This recipe is so simple, there’s not really much to tell you. Except for maybe a few tips on preserving.
Preserving Orange Ginger Elixir
- If you plan on preserving this elixir just make sure that you sterilize your bottles. To do this, simply boil them in water for 60 seconds. Lift out with tongs and place in a low-temperature oven to dry.
- Once the elixir is ready, use a sterilized funnel to fill the warm bottles and seal.
- These jars are perfect!
- Leave the bottles to cool overnight before consuming.
- Once you’ve opened the bottles place them in the fridge.
That’s it! Keeping cold and flu bugs away is the name of the game this month and this elixir is your delicious weapon! Go forth germ warrior!
Tools used to make this orange ginger elixir
Immune Boosting Orange Ginger Elixir
- zest of 2 oranges and juice of 8 oranges you need 2 cups of juice
- 2 inch piece of ginger chopped
- 1 lemongrass stalk bruised
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- makes 2 × 2 cup bottles
- Juice the oranges and measure out 2 cups of freshly squeezed orange juice.
- Chop the ginger and bruise the lemongrass with the back of a knife.
- Put the water, orange zest, ginger, lemongrass and sugar in a large, heavy-bottomed pan. Simmer, stirring until the sugar has dissolved and the ginger and lemongrass has infused for at least 15 minutes.
- Remove from the heat, stir in the orange juice and then bring back to a simmer for 2 more minutes. Take off the heat once again.
- Skim off any scum from the surface, strain through a fine-mesh sieve, then pour into warm, dry sterilised bottles and seal.
- Keeps unopened for up to 4 months. Once opened, keep in the fridge and use within 4–6 weeks.
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