I’ve been feeling a little under the weather the past couple of days. Wouldn’t you know it, sore throat and sinus pressure always strike when I have a week of singing. Monday, I had the privilege of singing in a double quartet on a local morning tv show to help promote the event at which my chorus will sing on Friday–regular chorus rehearsal on Tuesday–quartet performance on Wednesday–Thursday, rehearsal with a different quartet–performance Friday.

Ahhh, the life of a Sweet Adeline! I love it! Click here to read about my chorus.

So, in order to survive this week, I have pulled out my trusty recipe for Singer’s Tea. This recipe comes from Darlene Rogers. Darlene is one of the brilliant women who often coaches our chorus. She knows a thing or two about what is good for singers.

Singer’s Tea (Serve warm. Sipping is recommended.)

1 fresh ginger root

1 can apple juice concentrate (6 oz.)

1 fresh lemon

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/3 cup honey

Chop ginger root into 1/4 inch slice rounds (about 8-10 inches of the root) and boil (simmer) for 45 minutes. Add cayenne, honey, lemon and apple juice concentrate to taste.

This tea warms and soothes the throat, cuts mucous and stimulates circulation.

This time I boiled my ginger root in apple cider rather than water or apple juice. I drink tea without any sweetener. Using the apple cider rather than the concentrate cut some of the sweetness. You will have to adjust all of the ingredients to your taste. The ginger and cayenne really give this tea a kick! The longer it sits, the stronger it gets! (thus the suggestion for sipping)

This tea doesn’t have magical healing powers. It sure does feel good going down though!

Thanks, Darlene, for sharing this!