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Good-for-You Brews

Feeling the chill? Try a soothing cup of steeped citrus and spices -- cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger are all thought to have healthful properties (and taste good, too).

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Photography by: Aaron Dyer

To make a quart of any of the following brews, bring the ingredients to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat; steep, covered, until the liquid cools to room temperature. Strain and reheat to serve. The brews can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

 

Cinnamon and Orange

3 1/2 cups water + 3 cinnamon sticks + peel (without pith) and juice of 1 orange + 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar + 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves

 

Turmeric and Lemon

3 1/2 cups water + 1/2 teaspoon turmeric + 3 tablespoons honey + peel (without pith) of 1 lemon + 2 tablespoons lemon juice + pinch of cayenne

 

Ginger and Lime

3 1/2 cups water + 1 cup thinly sliced fresh ginger + 1/2 cup agave nectar + 3 tablespoons lime juice

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