Well, for a couple of weeks now we’ve all been a bit under the weather with an assortment of maladies. ‘Tis the season for it, I guess. In case anyone else might be feeling the same way, I can recommend a bit of honey, lemon and ginger tea. It probably would be more nutritious if you squeezed the lemon and sliced the ginger freshly for each drink, but if you are at home with the snuffles and all you want to do is stay on the couch in a blanket, I think this syrup is a better investment of your effort, and you will be rewarded with a virtually instant tonic for a couple of days.

Honey, lemon and ginger tea

Juice of 2 lemons
Peelings of 1 lemon
4cm piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup raw sugar

Place all ingredients into a small saucepan, stir to dissolve the sugar and gently simmer for about 10 minutes. If you have time, take off the heat and allow to steep for an hour or so. Strain the syrup into a container. Keep covered in the fridge.

To make the tea: place 2 tbsp syrup into a mug and top up with about 200-250mL boiling water. To transform into a warming toddy, add a shot of rum.

Yield: about 1 cup syrup, which makes about 6 mugs of tea.