Ginger Holiday “Mocktail”

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When undergoing cancer treatment, it is a good idea to limit alcohol consumption. Try this Ginger Holiday “Mocktail” from instead! Ginger also helps combat nausea if your treatments have left you feeling a little sick to your stomach.  You can serve this drink hot or cold so it can be a refreshing treat during a holiday party or warm you up on a cold night.

Try the hot version of this beverage with a Walnut Chai Tea Loaf.

Ingredients

1/3 cup (3 oz.) thinly sliced, fresh ginger

1 whole star anise

3-in. piece stick cinnamon

1½ cups cold water

Agave, maple syrup, honey or sugar*

1 lemon, cut lengthwise into 4 wedges                     

To serve hot:

3 cups hot water

To serve cold:

3 cups cold seltzer or club soda

Directions

Place ginger, star anise, cinnamon and water in small saucepan. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Cover, and set aside to steep for 30 minutes. Strain hot ginger concentrate into heatproof measuring cup.

To serve hot, divide hot concentrate among 4 mugs. Add 3/4 cup hot water to each, and sweeten to taste. Add lemon wedge to squeeze into hot gingerade.

To serve cold, cool ginger concentrate to room temperature. Divide among 4 tall glasses. Add 6 ice cubes to each glass, then pour in 3/4 cup club soda. Sweeten cold gingerade to taste, add lemon wedge to each glass, and serve.

Unused concentrate will keep, tightly covered in refrigerator, for 3 days.

* If using sugar, combine 3/4 cup with 3/4 cup cold water in a small saucepan. Set the pot over medium-high heat and cook until the sugar dissolves, 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool to room temperature, then use the syrup or refrigerate, tightly covered. This simple syrup keeps indefinitely.

Makes 4 servings.

Per serving (includes 2 tsp. sweetener per serving): 54 calories, <1 g fat (0 g sat fat),

14 g carbohydrates, <1 g protein, 0 g fiber, 3 mg sodium.