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The Benefits of Ginger

Ginger has many health benefits and can easily be added to your diet, says Christian Gott


Ginger has long been recognised as an aid to digestion and can help reduce bloating and nausea. There is increasing evidence that ginger's antioxidants can help fight inflammation and help relieve muscle and joint pain.


Drinking ginger as a shot is an increasingly popular way of using ginger to benefit from its properties, but if you find a shot a little strong, why not try my syrup recipe as a long refreshing drink with lots of soda, ice, fresh mint, and freshly squeezed lime juice.


Top tip: don't try to peel the ginger with a knife; scrape gently with the edge of a spoon, and if the ginger is fresh, the skin will come off easily.

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Ingredients

• 500ml Mineral Water

• 400g fresh Ginger Root

• 250g Golden Caster Sugar

• 100g Soft Brown Sugar

• 3 Lemons and 3 Limes

• 2 Star Anise Seed Pods


Method

1. Peel and finely slice the ginger. Peel the citrus and remove any white pith. Squeeze out and strain the juice.


2. Put ingredients in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and gently heat until the sugars dissolve. Simmer until reduced and syrupy. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.


3. Strain into a jug through a fine sieve lined with muslin and pour into a clean, sterilised bottle. Keep in the fridge for two weeks.


4. To serve, fill a glass with ice and a few torn mint leaves. Add freshly squeezed lime juice and syrup to taste. Top up with sparkling water.



Lemon, Orange, & Ginger Shots


Ingredients

• 1.5l Mineral Water

• 400g fresh Ginger Root

• Juice of 3 large Lemons, zest of 1

• Juice and Zest of two Oranges

• 3 tbsp Green Tea

• 3 tbsp of Organic Honey


Method

1. Peel and finely slice the ginger. Place in a pan with the water and gently simmer for thirty minutes. Remove from the heat and add the remaining ingredients.


2. Allow to steep for another thirty minutes, then strain into a clean, sterilised bottle. Store in the fridge and drink a small glass every morning.

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