Sunday, October 31, 2010

A coffee replacement drink: from the home of kenneth jay

Today Kenneth Jay of ThreatModulation introduced some of us to a drink to which his partner had introduced him. He says one of the biggest effects of the beverage is that his high octane desire for coffee (can we say tripple shots) has gone way way down. I got to try it today, and yup, it was very satisfying as well as alleviating that urge to splurg on coffee coffee coffee.

here's the recipe as i understood it - and as kenneth generously let me practice is with some of his fresh ingredients:
  • fresh ginger, julienned
  • fresh lemon slices - i used about a half of a small
  • caynne pepper powder - i used a big pinch
  • honey - i used a tablespoon
  • hot water - i think it was a little better than a liter
  • steep for about three minutes - maybe it was five
Very very nice.

Variations in proportions suggest themselves, but with all the goodness of ginger (values, science)
that is
primarily used to prevent and relieve nausea, indigestion, heart rhythm irregularities, inflammation and pain. In patients with autoimmune disease, ginger is widely used to reduce arthritic symptoms, inflammation related to ulcerative colitis, and digestive disturbances. Ginger is also reported to lower cholesterol levels, inhibit replication of herpes simplex virus, and help prevent the formation of blood clots.

Add in the zing of the healing cayenne pepper and the fresh tartness of the powerful lemon against the sweetness of the honey, well it'll clean your pipes to be sure, and does have that satiating effect. I'm hoping to try this back home with manuka honey (the mystery of manuka - and more claims for its theraputic value). Indeed along with some other intriguing beverages, there's a manuka variant of this drink on a NZ wellness site. NZ is the home of that manuka bush that is the flower for this honey.

That recipe misses the pop of the cayenne and doesn't specify proportions. If one wanted a more intense experience - charleton heston seeing the face of god type intense - i'd contemplate simply adding in wasabi. Kenneth suggested one might also time travel with that combination. Which direction wasn't clear.

Anyway, recommended easy, fresh concoction for to have a go. Let me know what you find.

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Steven Rice Fitness said...

Ginger also, at least for rats, raises the testosterone level.

I'm not ready to give up coffee, but I wonder how ginger would taste it it.

dr. m.c. said...

That's excellent. totally get not up for forsaking coffee.

you're an ideal candidate for this sample:
would you be willing as an experiment to try having this concoction at some point you'd have had a coffee?

It would be a great favour as i'm keen to know if it's just a couple of us who have experienced decreased caffeine cravings.

hope the next coffee you have is a good one

Steven Rice Fitness said...

I don't know that I'm an ideal subject, coffee is part of my morning ritual, but I don't notice cravings and rarely have any more that day. (I could give it up if I wanted to, ha,ha.)

The Ink Spots said it best.

Chuck said...

just tried this tonight. very tasty. i made it in a french press so a lot of the cayenne stayed out. still had a nice kick with some great flavor. will definitely do again.

birds on a wire said...

I made that for my sick partner this morning but threw in an echinacea tea-bag for good measure. I use a scant 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne. It is my go too remedy for colds and stomach aches.


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