Whirled Crystallized Ginger Tea

IMG_3190Cook’s notes: Reworking one of the tea recipes in Singers’ Home Remedies: Garlic, Honey, and Ginger page to use my Vitamix blender instead of straining out the ginger. It has a lot of lovely flavor and most everything is measured in three’s. Honey and black pepper are supposed to be good for a cough; ginger soothes a sore throat.

Makes 2 to 4 servings. Serve warm.


Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a pot on the stove. Add 3 Tablespoons crystallized ginger. Reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes; remove from heat.

Pour the ginger water into the Vitamix container. Add 3 Tablespoons honey, 3 Tablespoons lemon juice, and a large pinch of black ground pepper.

Secure the lid. Turn the machine on to Variable speed 1 and slowly increase speed to 5 or 6. Blend for about 30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

NOTE: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different machine, you may need to make adjustments to the speed or processing time. Know your blender and don’t overload the machine.

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Pitcher of Arnold Palmers (Lemonade-Iced Tea)

1LemonCook’s notes: Inspired the claim that “A true Arnold Palmer isn’t made with equal parts iced tea and lemonade; in fact, it’s three parts iced tea to one part lemonade” (link). The lemonade in this recipe is made with reduced sugar.

Combine the following in a 2-quart pitcher:

  • 6 cups strong tea, brewed with 6 tea bags in 6 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar dissolved in 1.5 cups hot water

Chocolate Earl Grey Tea


A hint of chocolate in your morning tea

Cook’s notes: The floral notes of Earl Grey (shown here: Stash Double Bergamot) blend well with the dark chocolate. Lighter than hot chocolate, and more decadent than a regular cuppa.

1 cup strongly brewed Earl Grey tea
1 Tablespoon (0.4 oz / 9 g) shaved dark chocolate
Creamer to taste

Brew the tea. Stir in the chocolate until it melts. Add creamer (or milk and sugar) to taste.