natural "KniQuil"

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recipe from Hot Knives helps alleviate cold symptoms...basically a complicated cocktail.
2 c fresh mint
1 c water
1 c honey
1 small ginger bulb
1 lemon
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp roasted green chile
2 shots Pastis
2 shots Southern Comfort
1. mint simple syrup
1.  pluck 35-40 mint leaves off their stems, this should yield about 2 cups of mint.
2.  roughly chop half the mint (set half aside for later use) and add to a saucepot with 1 cup of water. bring to a boil and let simmer for about 5-8 minutes.
3.  remove from heat and strain the leaves out.
4.  put just the mint tea back on a medium heat and wait until back to a full boil. add honey, mixing, and let cook 1 minute before removing. set aside to cool.
2. ready your other veggies for the blender. first peel the ginger and slice into matchsticks. next, zest your lemon, place the zest into a small dish and cover with 1 tsp. of good quality olive oil.
3. toss the ginger, green chile and remaining cup of fresh mint to the blender. add lemon juice. finally add half the mint syrup, setting the rest aside for garnish. pulse thoroughly for up to a minute.
(note: if you do not have the luxury of having authentic green chile, try subbing in a roasted jalapeƱo. remove the seeds and use half in place of green chile.)
4. strain the mixture into a bowl. use a spoon to slush it around, allowing it to pass through the sieve or fine mesh strainer. now you have the fresh juice part of your elixer! taste it with a spoon, if it seems too tart or spicy, add more mint syrup one teaspoon at a time.
5. mix
the basic proportion is one-part juice to one-part pastis to one-part whiskey. for a single dose: measure out a tablespoon of each into a cocktail shaker. add a teaspoon of lemon zest oil. complete with 3 ice cubes and shake fervently. pour into a shot glass or desert wine snifter.
Cooking Method   SimmerCooking Time   less than 15 minutes
Features   Dairy-Free, Low-Fat, Low-Sodium, Vegan, Vegetarian

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