Thylehogichi - or how to fight a nasty cold
February 9th, 2010

What?! You’ve never heard of Thylehogichi? Well, neither have I. But THYme LEmon HOney GInger CHIli tea sounded a little stiff and boring, hence the new word creation by simply using the ingredient’s first letters (the kind of creativity, that arises from somebody who has caught a major cold, *cough*).

Last week I joined my friends Sebastian and Maike for a very special food and wine tasting at restaurant Huber. Yet I felt a little dizzy and my voice started to sound husky – bad timing, if you are surrounded by intriguing people that you’re keen talking to. Of course my intentions to use my voice sparingly fell by the wayside. We talked, we drank, we laughed a lot and left much later than planed. Next morning, the bill. My voice was almost gone, in exchange I couldn’t stop coughing and my head felt like a big balloon.

I remembered a piece of advice Sebastian had given me about his latest remedy drink (his friend Lea had recommended it) and since all the required ingredients were sitting on our kitchen window sill, I decided to give it a go. All its ingredients have a bounty of positive effects on a sore throat (antiseptic, alleviate throat tickle, soothe feeling of throat dryness), but – above all – the result tastes absolutely wonderful! I hope this post made it just in time for my fellow blogging friends – get well Ulrike, Katharina, Silke & Kaltmamsell and do give it a try yourself ;)

Oh, and I haven’t forgotten about the sweet something I promised, just let me get over this nasty cold

Thoroughly wash your ingredients, cut the ginger into thin slices (I don’t peel mine, but that’s up to you), halve and squeeze out the lemon and cut off a few slices of the chili (optional).
(amounts are really subject of your personal preference, for 500 ml water I use 8-10 sprigs of thyme, 6 rather large slices of ginger, the juice of 1 lemon and 2 slices of chili)

Bring half a liter of water to a boil, then reduce the heat to a minimum and add the ginger slices, the thyme sprigs and chili slices. Let infuse for at least 10 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the drinking glasses/tea cups – add some (1-2 tsp, I prefer more) honey to each as well as the lemon juice.

Pour tea through a fine mesh sieve into the glasses and serve hot with thin lemon slices and/or small thyme sprigs. Feel better :)

Thylehogichi

Recipe source: inspired by Sebastian/Lea

Prep time: ~15 minutes

Ingredients (yield: 2 glasses)

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500 ml water

fresh lemon juice (1/2 - 1 lemon)

fresh ginger

fresh thyme sprigs

fresh red chili (optional!)

honey

serve with slices of lemon and small sprigs of thyme

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