Saturday, 2 August 2014

My lemon water recipe

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 4,5 liter
  • 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 1,5 litre water so in the end it adds up to around 4,5 litre.

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. 

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