This Christmas lemonade is mellow and sweet, containing a perfect balance of heat. It is beneficial on an empty stomach, especially just before meals when it works its “digestive magic”, hence the name “Soothing Stomach”. This paleo recipe was provided by one of my testers, Katie Warner, as she knew it was perfect for the winter season. Just because some others may be getting ill with the flu doesn’t mean you need to, hence it can be used as a flu buster.
Lemons, ginger and cayenne each help neutralize the body’s pH and are reputed to cleanse the blood, improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammatory troubles and also provide a bevy of antioxidants. Cayenne stimulates mucus and sweat glands, reducing fevers and congestion, and facilitating nutrient absorption. Sugar-free, healthy, cleansing, soothing and of course gluten-free.
This drink will be a nice change from all the alcohol we all find during the holidays. No need for stomach distress from all the crappy food we indulge in or the extra stress! This drink will soothe all of that away. Also, try making some of my amazing cauliflower soup to really kick your immune system into shape!Print
This Christmas lemonade is mellow and sweet, nicely contrasted with a pleasant heat. It is beneficial on an empty stomach, especially just before meals when it works its digestive magic. Sugar-free, healthy and of course gluten-free.
- 3 cups water
- 3 (or more) lemons
- A pinch of cayenne flakes (or 3 dashes ground)
- 1 inch finger of ginger, peeled and sliced
- Raw honey to taste
- 1 Nut Bag
- Juice the lemons and grate the bright yellow peels with a fine grater or zester. (They have the most lemony flavor, the white spongey interior of the skin is bitter.)
- Combine ingredients and water in a pot and heat mixture until it steams (it doesn’t need to boil).
- Strain through nut milk bag and add honey to taste!
- This mixture can be “recharged” with more water at least two more times!
This recipe can be prepared raw, just cover the ingredients and let sit over night at room temperature or in the fridge before straining. For more daring drinks, try it iced as a sweet and hot mixer!