Hot Honey Lemon with Vodka

It’s that time of year. Coughing. Sniffling. Sneezing. Right about now we all need a hug. And a big blast of disinfectant. Oh, and let’s face it, something pretty. This lemony, sweet, cinnamony, vodka-tastic drink – popular all over central Asia and eastern Europe – takes care of it all. I especially love that the honey makes drinking it a huge bear hug (and would please grown-up Winnie the Pooh, I’m sure).

The vodka is totally optional (Ava loved her booze-free version) but it does help scrub the body of germs. And, overall, it’s better than a trip to the pharmacy. Unless, of course, you go to a Kyrgyz one. Any excuse to travel…

Drug store in Tamchy, Kyrgyzstan. Photo by Vmenkov.

Makes 1 quart

Ingredients:

1/2 cup honey (agave for vegans)
4 cups water
1 lemon, zested and sliced
1-2 cinnamon sticks
Vodka, to taste

You might also like to add fresh ginger or other spices… this can be done to taste.

Method:

Tonight, celebrate the end of long week with the region’s answer to the ever-popular mulled wine. Even my honey bear raises his arms to cheer when I make it.

There’s almost nothing to do. Give the little honey bear a big squeeze, add strips of lemon zest, the cinnamon stick and water to a medium pot. Stir to combine, cover and bring to a simmer.

Simmer 30-45 minutes, or until the cinnamon flavor fully infuses the drink and your house smells like “wonderful.” Pour the resulting tea into glass mugs with lemon slices. The lemon slices not only punch up the flavor and disinfecting qualities, but they also make the drink so, so pretty. If you’re feeling brave, add vodka to taste.

Sip hot and daydream yourself away to Kyrgyzstan.

Tian Shan mountain range which goes through Kyrgyzstan. Photo by Chen Zhao.

I’m willing to bet if you drink this every day you’ll never get sick again.

P.S. If you’re feeling wild, see if you can drink this through a cinnamon stick. Like a straw.

Sibble slurble slurp! Ahhh….

Hot Honey Lemon with Vodka
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The vodka is totally optional (Ava loved her booze-free version) but it does help scrub the body of germs. And, overall, it's better than a trip to the pharmacy.
Hot Honey Lemon with Vodka
Votes: 13
Rating: 3.46
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
The vodka is totally optional (Ava loved her booze-free version) but it does help scrub the body of germs. And, overall, it's better than a trip to the pharmacy.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup honey -OR-
  • 1/2 cup agave , for vegans
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 lemon , zested and sliced
  • 1-2 cinnamon stick
  • vodka , to taste
Servings:
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Instructions
  1. Give the little honey bear a big squeeze, add strips of lemon zest, the cinnamon stick and water to a medium pot. Stir to combine, cover and bring to a simmer for about 30-45 minutes.
  2. Pour into mugs with lemon slices.
Recipe Notes

You might also like to add fresh ginger or other spices.

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