Simon's Most Nourishing Elixir

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

Simon's Most Nourishing Elixir

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

Yield: 8 cups

Cook 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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