Warming, spiced, whisky-spiked drinks on a cold night can really comfort the soul. Ginger is great for digestion, has strong flu-fighting qualities, and can reduce blood pressure. Ginseng helps with energy and cognitive function, and there’s lots of vitamin C in the mix with both orange and lemon juices.
1 chamomile teabag
4 thick slices fresh ginger, lightly scored
4 strips orange peel
½ cup orange juice
2 scant tablespoons lemon juice
6 cardamom pods, lightly smashed
2 star anise
4 pieces dried ginseng
2 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup whisky
6 dashes orange bitters
2 heatproof glasses or mugs
Place the teabag into 1 cup boiling water and steep for 5 minutes, then remove the teabag.
Place the remaining ingredients into a small saucepan. Add the chamomile tea. Bring the mixture up to a gentle simmer. Cook on a very low simmer for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to infuse.
Serve in heatproof glasses or mugs, sit back, and relax.