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Sainsbury’s Six: the feel-good drinks edit

Invigorating winter-busting recipes to make you feel great

We’re trying our best to fight it but we can’t help but feel the effects of winter sneaking up on us like bad news. But it is possible to banish the February blues with a few feel-good drink recipes, guaranteed to have you clicking your heels on your way to work. First up, this Moroccan minty infusion…

Moroccan mint

Mint tea is caffeine free – perfect for sipping before bed – and helps to boost your immune system, which is just what we need following all that Christmas over-indulging. It also aids indigestion, reduces fever and can even lend a helping hand with weight loss. Say no more and pass us the mint leaves then, please.

Ingredients

1 handful of fresh mint leaves
1 tsp of honey
1 tbsp loose caffeine free green tea

Method

Stir tea into hot water and brew for a couple of minutes

Drain water, leaving only the lovely green tea leaves

Add in fresh sprigs of mint (as many as you like) and hot water and leave to steep again for 3-4 minutes

Add in honey to taste if you like it sweet

And if you want that little something extra, a few crushed juniper berries will give a tasty frosted fruits flavour

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Turmeric & cayenne pepper

An antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, turmeric has tons of lovely jubbly health benefits. The curcumin in it is what holds all its countless health secrets – super brain function, natural painkiller and skin healing to name a few – which is most effective when combined with a little pepper. Consider it the superhero of teas, which will save you from all those dreaded germs.

Ingredients

1 tbsp of fresh ginger
½ tsp of turmeric
A pinch of cayenne pepper

Maple syrup to taste

Method

Pop 1-2 teaspoons of ground or freshly-grated turmeric to the boiling water. Add in the ginger and cayenne pepper a leave to heat for 5-10 minutes. If you go for freshly grated turmeric, simmer it for a little longer for a really strong kick

Taste and add more cayenne pepper if you’re feeling particularly brave

Sweeten with maple syrup to taste

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Honey, lemon & ginger

If you’ve got that stinking sore throat, honey and lemon is your go-to. But to turn it into a super anti-oxidant infusion that will fight off winter colds, add in some ginger. It can lower the effects of diabetes, settles nausea and is your one-stop concoction for good skin and great hair. Result.

Ingredients

Half a lemon, juiced
1 tbsp of honey
A thumb size piece of ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

Method

In a small pot over medium heat, add boiling water and heat the ginger, lemon juice and honey

Continue to heat for 2 minutes

Strain the mixture and pour into a mug with a slice of fresh lemon for flavour (and looks)

To turn it into a cheeky hot toddy (our favourite Friday night beverage for winter), add in a shot of whisky and stir

 

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