Simon's Most Nourishing Elixir Recipe

This heated drink is flavored with citrus, honey and an array of spices.

Recipe adapted from Rebecca Katz, "The Longevity Kitchen" (Ten Speed Press)

Simon's Most Nourishing Elixir
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Happiness is a warm mug of this spiced, honey-sweetened elixir.
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Total time: 40 minutes
  • 8 cups water
  • One 1-inch piece ginger, skin scraped away with the edge of a spoon
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 2 Meyer lemons (or 1 lemon and 1 orange)
  • Finely grated zest and juice of ½ medium tangerine
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 green cardamom pods
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 2 whole cloves
  • Pinch saffron
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  1. In a large saucepan set over medium-high heat, add the water, ginger, Meyer lemon zest, tangerine zest, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, allspice, cloves and saffron. Bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Strain the liquid through a fine-mesh sieve set over a medium bowl (discard the solids and spices). Return the liquid to a clean saucepan, add the Meyer lemon and tangerine juices, and set over low heat until the elixir is warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the honey and serve warm.
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