My lemon water recipe is derived from a recipe for a traditional Chinese medicine cleanse. I think it was supposed to cleanse your intestines and liver.
I kept making it because some times supplements leave a bad taste in your mouth and this doubles as a palate cleanser.
The supplies for approximately
- 3 lemons
- 1 lime
- 1 chunk of fresh ginger
- Green tea
- Bowls, bottles and filters
Peel the lemons roughly and blend them.
I like to throw the peels in the sink, then putting the plug in and pouring boiling water over: It smells wonderfully clean and fresh (Plus, DIY humidifier. Yay!)
You want to pour boiling water over the lemons first, then repeat with the lime and ginger.The undiluted lemon-water can stand for a long time without getting super bitter, but the ginger water will get incredibly nasty if you allow it to cool completely before filtering.
Lemon + boiling water on the left and pulp from peeled ginger and lime on the right.
My kettle holds a bit over
The “filter system” set up (Yea, very scientific. Ha-ha)
I filter the big pieces out first, and then run it through a tea-filter.
If you accidentally mix up the lemon water and the potentially nasty ginger water that can’t stand with pulp in it for too long, look at the pulp: Lemon floats and ginger-lime will sink.
Next, brew up a kettle of water for green tea.
Green tea is good for just about everything and it will soften the flavour a lot.White tea would work too.
I pour all filtered blends in separately and pour identical amounts in all 3 bottles.(I prefer using cleaned soda bottles because I can just return them after a single use)
The finished result will have a funny green-yellow-even orange tone depending on the mixture and amounts used.
It tastes refreshing and slightly bitter.
It’s good for up to a week in the fridge.