Having a bad day? Feeling under the weather? Feel like running away from life? I can sympathize and so can this drink! Ok, that was a bit cheesey. But really this drink is perfect for all the aforementioned scenarios.
My aunt once told me a delightful story about a vacation she took to New Orleans several years ago. She was eating at a restaurant after a long and tiring day of stressful travel when the waiter stopped by with a cup of what he called “tea with sympathy”. She’d never heard of this bourbon spiked libation and loved the name and the gesture. I loved the idea behind the drink and I’ve wanted to make a version of it ever since!
Now this recipe could literally be as simple as spiking a cup of your favorite store-bought tea, but I wanted to make something a little more special. I’ve been fighting a cold all week and whenever I had a sore throat or the flu as a kid, my mom would make me ginger lemon tea with tons of honey. Ginger tea is incredibly easy to make from scratch. You just buy ginger root, peel and slice it, and simmer it in water on the stove till the flavor is concentrated to your liking.
The traditional cup of tea my mother would make included the juice from one lemon and a good amount of honey. It was a thick, potent elixir meant to coat your throat and clear your sinuses. Since I intended this to be a drink that could be enjoyed by the sick or well of health I worked on creating more balanced flavors.
I made some ginger tea and infused it with fresh pineapple juice then added a splash of lemon and some cinnamon honey. Ginger is good for digestion and sore throats, pineapple juice can help with coughs, and honey is soothing and helps with allergies and coughs. While this sympathetic drink was created to help ease my symptoms it’s also a delicious cocktail you can enjoy hot or cold after a bad day or long week!
- 10 oz. fresh pineapple juice
- One piece ginger root (about 2x2inches)
- 3 Tbsp. honey (Or as much as you’d like)
- Juice from ½ lemon
- Pinch cinnamon, optional
- 3 oz. Bourbon
- Lemon slices for garnish
- Peel and slice ginger into ¼ inch pieces.
- Place ginger in a pot with pineapple juice and 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until tea has a strong ginger flavor.
- Turn off the heat and add in honey, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Use more or less honey depending on your preference.
- Pour 1.5 oz. bourbon into two teacups.
- Strain tea into cups, garnish with lemon, and enjoy!
- *If serving cold, allow tea to cool to room temperature before chilling in the fridge for a few hours and serving over ice.