Honey-Ginger Syrup (Sekanjabin)

7 oz honey (instead of 1 c sugar)
5 oz c water
2 oz apple cider vinegar (instead of red or white wine vinegar)
1 oz minced ginger (jarred)

Bring honey and water to a boil for 2 to 5 minutes until it is syrup consistency, stirring from time to time.

Remove the pan from the heat, and whisk in the vinegar and minced ginger.

Allow the mixture to cool, then strain out the minced ginger with a fine sieve. Discard any ginger pulp. Store at room temperature or in the fridge in a sterile container. (refrigeration recommended, just to be safe).
To use, stir 1 part syrup into 4 to 5 parts water; serve cold with ice if desired.
Yields 12 oz syrup. Add 48 oz water to make about 7.5 c total (just under 2 quarts).

Cook’s Notes: I’m dealing with a sore throat this week (thanks to seasonal allergies and cool, dry autumn weather). Traditional home remedies call for honey, ginger, and apple cider vinegar. We’ll see if this helps. If nothing else, it has good flavor, especially since I used spiced honey (a homemade blend).

This recipe is based on research from the following sources:
1 Reader Comment by DanRP on Lifehacker.com about DIY sports drinks

2 Ginger Sekanjabin recipe with white sugar on Allrecipes.com, submitted by The Magpie

3 Various recipes on http://www.foodnetwork.com, including a Bobby Flay recipe for Lime-Honey Syrup
4 An ochef article on “Substituting sugar, brown sugar, honey and maple syrup”:

Additional research on homemade energy drinks:
By the way, Lifehacker.com reader CWW notes that the standard treatment for dehydration as recommended by the UN is 8 tsp sugar and 1 tsp salt per liter (34 oz) of water. Stir the mixture till the salt and sugar dissolve; do not boil them together. www.Rehydrate.org has more details.

Lifehacker.com Reader s5 gives a recipe for an energy drink that is “100% organic and vegan, and just as beneficial as Gatorade”: 2 liters cold filtered water (68 oz or 8.5 c), 1/2 c (4 oz) organic bottled lemon juice, 6 T (3 oz) fruit juice sweetener (Wax Orchards Fruit Sweet but agave nectar works well too), and 1/2 tsp sea salt. Adjust salt to taste or level of exercise intensity. This is very close to a regular lemonade recipe, but with less sugar and added sea salt.