I was gifted the cookbook, Near and Far, by Heidi Swanson by my sweet mama this holiday. In it, she has documented recipes from California to Morocco to India to Japan.
This winter elixir, as well as all of the other drink recipes, is absolutely delicious. Full of grapefruit, orange, lemon, ginger and honey, you can't go wrong. I substituted the orange for nartiije (a South African orange) and the lemons for two tiny limes from our tree. It took about 10 minutes to make, super easy! Just check the photo of the recipe and make your own. Best served cold.
Elixirs are a (magical and) medicinal potion or concoction. I just like any word that elicits something magical but it's literally a medicinal concoction. This one is pumped full of vitamin c and antioxidants. Ginger aids in all things related to digestion. Nasea, stomach cramping, loss of appetite, motion sickness, or pain can all be relieved through the ingestion of ginger. Google the benefits of ginger and wait to be astonished. The list is endless. Grape fruits are good for your heart, maintaining a healthy weight, and for your blood pressure. Oranges have mutiple vitamins as well as fiber in them. Honey also reduces weight, aids in digestion, and boosts energy. There are a million other uses for honey as well, internally and externally.
Over the past few years, I have changed my diet very slowly. From working on a few farms and talking to people, I've learned just how amazing food and drinks have the potential to taste. Start today and slowly change one thing to something better. Like from white sugar to brown then go to honey. I still use white sugar on occasion, like in black tea with milk, but for the most part, you can alter your taste buds to like new things. I've seen a complete change in the way I eat and feel and once you've done that, you can't backtrack. It does take time so just be easy on yourself rather than expect an overnight change.
I'll be posting more recipes from this book as I go through it, so look out.
Do you have any elixirs that you love? Leave your comments below.