The worst illness I've had in years coincided with my mother's death. Travel arrangements were complicated by the fact that I was too sick to fly after I went to meet my mother's doctor at the Mayo Clinic, which actually worked for the best since it meant I couldn't leave my parents' house when I'd planned and instead was there when my mother collapsed and entered the final phase of her illness.
But it still really sucked to have a head so full of phlegm that I couldn't get on a plane without my eardrum bursting. I had a chest infection, an eye infection, and both a middle and inner ear infection. God, it was AWFUL, though admittedly not as bad as liver failure.
I finally resorted to antibiotics to clear it all up, which I don't like doing because I'm allergic to a lot of them. I also tried every home remedy I'd ever used successfully in the past. My favorite was hot water with lots of lemon, ginger and honey. It's not surprising that I would like that, since I love ginger beer, which is basically the same thing except served carbonated and cold.
I almost bought a four-pack of Reed's Ginger Beer the other day at the grocery store. It's been so hot, and a cold, crisp ginger ale is really refreshing.... but Reed's is a bit pricey and I'm trying to economize. Then it occurred to me to me to wonder: could I make my own?
So here's what I did:
- bought about a four-inch long and one-inch wide piece of ginger root, diced it up, and boiled it in a couple of quarts of water until it was thoroughly gingery
- Chilled the liquid that resulted
- Squeezed a couple of limes into it
- Added honey, which was a mistake. it wouldn't dissolve because the water was cold. If I want to use honey, I'll have to add it when the liquid is still hot
- Added sugar, which dissolved. Not that much, though, because I prefer tart citrus to sweet citrus
I imagine you could boil the ginger liquid for longer, make it more concentrated, and add sparkling water.
If you try it, let me know what you think.