If you love tea and you love ginger, you'll certainly enjoy this Salabat recipe.
Salabat is a traditional ginger tea made in the Philippines and typically served hot during the colder or rainy seasons. Salabat or ginger tea is good for us in a multitude of ways... Sip this ginger tea to ward off a cold, flu, or chill when the weather is cold or damp outside; to ease aches and pains; to settle indigestion, gassiness, or upset stomach; or simply to lift your spirits.
Try this refreshing, nutritious Salabat recipe with your favorite Filipino dishes, or as a wonderfully comforting tea at any time of the day. Or, if your weeks are just too rushed, make up a batch of oh-so-convenient Instant Salabat Concentrate.
This recipe makes 2 - 3 servings - perfect to share with a friend or enough to last you through a rainy or chilly afternoon curled up with a good book.
Now, enjoy this superb tea! Add more water, additional sweetener, and a bit of citrus to taste, as you like. And don't forget to inhale deeply so you can enjoy ginger's amazing aromatherapy benefits, too.
As you experiment with this Salabat recipe, you may find you like more or less ginger or sweetener, and to simmer it for a shorter or longer time - it's all up to your taste buds.
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Instant Salabat is available to purchase, but it's very simple to make your own instant Salabat concentrate from scratch to have on hand whenever you're ready to enjoy some of this beautifully rejuvenating beverage.
To make Salabat tea concentrate, make the recipe above, except use about double the amount of ginger and sweetener. After simmering the concentrate, cool it completely, and store it in a covered glass jar or container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Then, to make Salabat, simply combine equal parts concentrate and water (either cold or just boiled). Mix thoroughly, and add additional sweetener, milk, or citrus, as you'd like.
Salabat is such a wonderful beverage - not only is it easy to make, but it makes your entire home smell absolutely delightful while it simmers away. And the end result is a spicy, soothing tea that nourishes your body, mind, and spirit. All good reasons to add this Salabat recipe to your tea repertoire.
And a heartfelt thank you to my Filipino friend, L., for introducing me to delightful Salabat.