By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

A tisane is a soothing drink made by steeping herbs, spices, fruits or flowers in hot water. Here, ginger gives this welcome alternative to coffee or tea a pleasant spiciness.

Number of servings

Serves 6

Ingredients

  1. 6 cups water
  2. 1/4 cup peeled and chopped fresh ginger
  3. 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  4. 1/2 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves
  5. 6 tablespoons dark honey
  6. 1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges

Directions

In a large saucepan over high heat, combine the water, ginger and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the mint, and let steep for 5 minutes.

Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, placed over a pitcher, pressing down lightly on the ginger and mint. Discard the mint and ginger.

Stir the honey into the tisane. Serve hot or iced, garnished with a lemon wedge.

Nutritional analysis per serving

  • Total fat 0 g
  • Calories 77
  • Protein < 1 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Total carbohydrate 20 g
  • Dietary fiber 0 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 0 g
  • Saturated fat 0 g
  • Sodium 8 mg

This recipe is one of 400 recipes collected in the "Fix-It and Enjoy-It! Healthy Cookbook" published by Good Books and available at the MayoClinic.com Bookstore.

April 15, 2011