I must have been about six years old then, mom was out-of-town and I got sick. Mr. Mom (Dad) gave me pieces of ginger root, broken pieces of sugar cube and peeled segmented oranges.
The ginger is pretty strong but the sugar will help it go down, just chew the ginger root with a bit of sugar” he instructed “And when you are done eat the oranges, you will be all better and ready for school in the morning”
The horror on grandma’s face when she stopped by spoke volumes. She tucked me in, disappeared into the kitchen, reappearing later with a hot steaming mug of ginger drink.
The next day I stayed home from school with grandma and as I got better I switched to the chilled version of the ginger drink.
These days at the first sign of the sniffles I make a batch of ginger drink.
3 large fresh ginger roots
2 heaping Tablespoons of raw sugar (You can substitute with your favourite sweetener)
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup lime juice
½ cup orange juice
5 cups filtered water
Chop the ginger into small pieces with skin on.
In a blender, put ginger, cloves and add enough water to be able to blend it.
Pour into a pan and add water.
Heat the pan and bring the liquid to boil. As soon as the liquid has reached boiling point, take it off the heat and allow to cool.
Strain the mixture through a sieve into a pitcher and squeeze remaining juice from the pulp.
Add lime and orange juice.
Add sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Pour liquid over ice.
Note: Add cold water if ginger is too strong.