Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Kicky Ginger Lemon Honey Tea
by SuSu

Living in an ice cave is not as much fun as one would think. The men and women sequestered on Hoth learned that even though it was cold in their caves, it was also very damp. The heat from everyday activities would cause the walls to melt, and so a balance had to be maintained between wetness and cold! Not very conducive to good health, and the rebellion's doctors were not able to give medicines as freely as they were needed. Being on the run and in hiding meant that supplies procured had to be stretched out for as long as possible.

So the soldiers lived in misery and sniffles, at least until Leia Organa noticed that Han Solo and Chewbacca did not have the symptoms everyone else did. They told Leia that it was because they lived on the Falcon, where they were separated from the others and thus would not contract their germs. But when the princess visited the ship, she noticed a distinct odor of spices, and caught them brewing up a batch of this spicy infusion!

Caught, Han confessed that these dried up spices and fruits in his supplies were not as potent as the fresh stuff, but it was the secret to his and Chewbacca's continued health. The brew was warm and warming, with the spicy kick of hot peppers and ginger workingin tandam to keep germs and bad moods at bay. The spicy heat lasted for a good long time, too, after the brew was downed and made the drinker feel awfully cozy.

Leia confiscated the whole stash and ordered everyone to drink the infusion, much to Han's irritation. He actually was angry enough to kick her off his ship. No wonder he was so keen to leave Hoth — if he'd stayed much longer, he wouldn't be healthy enough to stay angry at Her Highness!

  • thumb-length piece of fresh gingerroot, unpeeled
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed (grate the lemon rind before squeezing the lemon — you'll need one small to medium lemon)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • pinch dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon honey, or to taste
Grate the gingerroot and lemon rind with the coarse holes of a box-grater. Place into a teapot (the type fitted with a lid) and cover with boiling water. sprinkle the red pepper flakes over the top. Cover and let steep for 10 minutes.

Place the now skin-less lemon into the microwave for 10 seconds, then cut in half and squeeze out the juice. (If you don't have a microwave, roll the lemons on the counter firmly; either process will allow you to extract more juice.)

When the gingerroot is steeped, add the lemon juice and honey, and stir to combine. Strain into teacups and sip to wellness! Makes 2 servings.

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