The classic combination of ginger and cinnamon helps to boost immunity and provide anti-inflammatory properties. If you have any sort of sinus congestion, the ginger cinnamon combo promotes decongestion. A healing duo such as ginger and cinnamon is beneficial for your health, but you can always enhance how they benefit the body. For example, this tea contains dried figs, which are naturally rich in calcium, iron, and potassium. Additionally, they offer powerful antioxidants like vitamin C, quercetin, epicatechin gallate, and kaempferol.
Traditionally, you serve this tea over ice, but you have the option to enjoy it warm. The warmth helps to open up the airways and the spiciness of the ginger can soothe a sore throat. You have the option to add some stevia or raw agave nectar if you want to temper the spiciness of the ginger and cinnamon. Sometimes, especially if it is your first exposure to these strong flavors, it can be better to use raw agave. Don’t go crazy with a heavy drizzle of agave; rather, a tablespoon will do just fine. Cinnamon can have a spicy, startling flavor as well, but it’s quite enjoyable. Cinnamon outranked 26 other superfoods in a study comparing their antioxidant activity. How amazing is that?
This recipe does make a hefty amount of tea, which is why it’s great for a large pitcher of summer iced tea. It also requires a slow brew, meaning you don’t boil the water. You add all of the ingredients to a large jar and allow it to brew for a couple hours in the sun. This works to hydrate the figs, thereby releasing their health properties into the liquid. It’s a different method to brew tea, but it often imparts a ton of flavor.
- Prep Time:10m
- Total Time:10m
- 3 c filtered water
- 4 tsp. freshly grated ginger
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. raw agave nectar
- 4 dried figs
- Add all of the ingredients to a large glass jar and close the lid.
- Set this in the sun for a few hours to have a classic brew. This slow brew works to hydrate the figs and impart their health benefits into the tea.
- Strain the tea and serve chilled or iced. Enjoy immediately.