WITH PAGASA announcing that there will be cooler days ahead, it is time to bring out that traditional cold weather drink, salabat (ginger tea). Filipinos tout this tea for its antibacterial properties and throat-soothing effects and brew a cup of salabat to drink in the morning, for when they have a cold or a mild stomach ache. Healthy Options offers this simple recipe with additional options that give it a bit more of a kick.



4 oz (114 grams)

fresh ginger, sliced

6 cups water

Optional ingredients

Honey (to the drinker’s taste)

A slice of lemon

2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar


Boil together water, ginger, and honey.

Lower the heat, cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes

Strain and enjoy immediately. Add a slice of lemon or 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar if wanted.

Store the rest in the fridge.