In the middle of cold and flu season, we all need a little help when it comes to finding natural remedies for a sore throat. When I get a sore throat, I usually drink a hot cup of water with honey and lemon juice (love this!), so I was intrigued when I found a recipe for a traditional Chinese remedy (Pomelo Honey Tea) on the ShowShanti blog. I love pomelo, and this seemed like a good recipe to try for cold season. I made the original recipe, but I didn’t like the amount of solids in the mix and it was a little bit bitter from the pomelo peel; it reminded me a bit of orange marmalade. I still liked the idea, so I decided to create my own version of the Pomelo Honey Tea, and here it is!
This recipe yields a beautiful ruby-red concentrate that is delicious mixed in cold or hot water for a refreshing and throat-soothing citrus drink. Most all of the citrus fruits I used in this recipe were pink or red fleshed. You can use just about any citrus fruits you like in this drink mix, just be sure to use a mix of sweet and tart citrus fruits so the concentrate isn’t too tart or too sweet.
Honey Citrus Tea Concentrate
Makes 2 cups (@ 8-10 servings)
3 medium moro (blood) oranges, juiced (1/2 cup juice = 150 mL) *
1 red grapefruit, juiced (1 cup juice = 225 mL)
1 pink pomelo, juiced (1 cup juice = 225 mL)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raw honey
Juice of 1 lime
- Juice the citrus fruits by hand and place in a small pot with the salt (you should have about 2-1/2 cups citrus juices to work with). Bring the juices to a boil over medium heat until it boils.
- Cook the juice over low heat at a low boil or simmer until reduced and thickened, about 30 minutes. You will have about 1-1/2 cups juice.
- Allow the juices to cool. While the juice is still warm (but not hot), stir in the raw honey and lime juice. Cool completely and store in a glass jar in the fridge.
- To make the drink/tea, mix 3 Tablespoons concentrate with 8 ounces hot or cold water. If you want some citrus-ade, use cold water and mix in a little bit more lemon or lime juice. Enjoy!
* It is best to juice the citrus by hand. If you send pomelo or grapefruit through the juicer, you will get bitter juice from the fruit’s membrane.