Honey and lemon. What could be wrong with that? I discovered this magical elixir last winter, and then kind of forgot it over the warmer months. But as the chill spread this year, it all came back to me.
The perfect hot drink for a cold winter night. Soothing when you’re beginning to feel under the weather. No caffeine like coffee or tea, so it’s just right for an evening sip.
Of course I’d heard for years about adding a squeeze of fresh lemon or a drizzle of honey to a hot cup of tea. But the idea of just drinking honey lemon water was new to me. Am I behind the game — have you all been doing this for years and no one told me? Well, in any case…it’s one of my favorite things now!
Honey Lemon How-To
You will want to use organic lemons, since the whole lemon is used, peel and all. Even so, give the lemons a good rinse before slicing. And this is definitely a time for using the best honey you can get. Raw. Local. Organic. Any of these descriptors would be great things to look for. But don’t not make this because all you can find is ‘regular’ honey. It will still taste great!
I like to cut each slice in half or into quarters. That way I can scoop up a big spoonful of it more easily.
Layer the lemon slices into a jar alternating with your honey. It mixes easier that way, rather than trying to pour the honey over the top of a full jar of lemons.
Then stash it in the fridge. Easy peasy. When you want a cuppa, just scoop out some lemons and a couple of spoonfuls of the lemony-honey mixture into a large mug and pour on some hot water from your tea kettle. It really is soothing.
As the jar empties, I will often times top it off with more honey. As it empties further, I’ll add more lemon slices and honey and give it a mix. Can I tell you something with the preface of saying that I am not a food safety expert? I left a half jar of this in my fridge for about 8 months, totally untouched. When I used it, it was still fantastic. The lemon slices had been kind of sugared, preserved almost. Totally yummy!
Honey and Lemon for Health
I did not start drinking this for any health benefits. But since making it, I have been reading a lot of positive things about honey lemon water. Some sites are quite militant about the precise temperature of the water, using honey that is made by gifted bees, and using lemons grown on magic trees. I call B.S. Would doing those things be beneficial? Maybe. But the pretentiousness of that repels me.
Have you tried honey lemon water?