The weather is getting to be a bit chilly and with that comes the inspiration to cook up warm things in the kitchen.  Though baking and stewing recipes are the first we think to reach for, beverages are another way to quickly get into fall and winter spirit.  This tea, SaengangCha, is something I fell in love with in Korea and I'm happy to bring it home. There are many ways to make it but I prefer the simple ginger taste of Thomas' mother's recipe.  So that is what I'm giving you, then some optional additions below that.

What you'll need:
3 quart pot filled half way with water
1 large Ginger Root peeled and sliced thin
1 large Cinnamon Bark broken into strips
Honey to taste

1 tsp Korean Ginseng
1 large piece of orange peel
1/2 Asian pear, sliced
Handful of strawberries
Garnish of crushed cashew, pine nuts, chopped jujubees or the cooked ginger.

Add all ingredients except honey and garnish to the pot and cook for a couple of hours.  You'll see that it will bubble over so make sure to simmer after the initial boil, vent properly and replace the evaporated water until the reduction suits your taste.  It should be jarring in its spice and soothing as it warms up your throat on the way down. 

This is a medicinal drink as the ingredients have wonderful effects on the system.

Ginger helps aid digestion, reduce inflammation and possesses great antioxidant effects on the bloodstream.  It is a safe and natural way for pregnant women to help with nausea, and is a way to fight colorectal cancer as well.

Cinnamon is a wonderful spice for the heart.  It can lower LDL cholesterol and has an anti-clogging effect on the blood.  It can have a regulatory effect on blood sugar; a great perk for people with type 2 diabetes.  It's also a source of magnesium, iron, fiber and calcium.

Korean Ginseng possesses a long list of health benefits.  It is a fantastic natural source of energy, a stress reducer and a blood purifier.  It promotes focus and mental clarity and aids in digestion.  It aids in enhancing the vitality of the body as well as working to alkalize the body, all around boosting and building a strong immune system.  When you go to Korea you will see ginseng everywhere.  Remember when I told you I tried ginseng milk in the E-Mart?  

Here is the one we get

The ingredients can be found at any store, but the price can vary whether it is organic or bulk.  Of course the ginseng must be purchased at a Korean market, or you can order it online.  

**Edited to include my Uncle's comment**
It is a fantastic drink for a cough and the beginning of a cold!  
Even if you aren't sick, you can enjoy it in the morning and any time of the day when you need a jump.  If you could get this to replace coffee you will see incredible results in your overall wellness.  

Give it a try, you'll be hooked =D

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