At first glance, our humble salabat doesn’t seem as iconic as the very British English Breakfast or the exotic Chai. It is, after all, little more than a sweet ginger infusion.
And yet, you shouldn’t underestimate this deceptively simply brew. For its myriad of benefits more than compensate for its lack of flavor complexity (which can easily be remedied by a squeeze of lemon juice, but I digress).
Now, we all know that ginger is highly effective as a medicinal herb. For instance, a freshly brewed cup of salabat can cure pretty much anything from an upset stomach to a scratchy voice. Heck, lots of singers swear by it when their vocal chords start to itch.
Furthermore, salabat feels especially soothing when you’re sick with the flu. The spicy brew can relieve a clogged sinus, a sore throat, and other such symptoms, all in one go.
So, now that flu season is upon us again, we present you with a recipe for this classic cure-all:
Homemade Fresh Ginger Tea
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 mins. (25, if you want a stronger brew)
1 liter of drinking water (about 4 cups)
? cup honey or sugar, optional
1 5-inch piece of ginger, scrubbed clean, peeled, and sliced into thin rounds
¼ cup freshly-squeezed lemon or calamansi juice
Dissolve honey or sugar (if using) in water and bring to a boil.
Lower heat and add ginger slices. Simmer for about 15 mins., 25 if you want a stronger brew.
Remove from heat and strain. Stir in the lemon or calamansi juice and serve immediately.
Not a fan of how ginger tastes, but would like to experience its healing powers? Click here to try our spicy ginger ointment instead.