I stumbled upon a post by Commander In Chic that featured a lime-ginger-mint detox infusion by Fashion Cooking. The pictures of the tea looked delicious (check them out!) and got me thinking about Calamansi tea, a drink my Mom always made me when I got sick growing up.
If you don’t know what calamansi is, it’s a small lime that is native to Philippines. You can find the fruit in asian markets and there are some specialty food stores who might sell packaged 100% calamansi juice. Or, you can grow your own! My uncle has had a calamansi plant in his backyard in Milpitas, CA for as long as I can remember, so we were always in abundance of the fruit. Aside from its flavorful citrusy taste, the calamansi also has medicinal benefits such as relief for itchy scalp, antiseptic for cuts and insect bites, and of course, a remedy for coughs, colds, and sore throat.
Calamansi Tea (the way my Mom prepares it for me)
-2 parts boiling water
-1 part fresh squeezed calamansi juice
-Honey (as desired)
Yup, that’s all. Some people just squeeze calamansi juice into whatever tea they regularly have and it provides a great kick. You can have it hot or cold. I mainly drink it as a hot tea because I have it when I’m sick, but it is amazingly delicious and refreshing when iced! Perfect for both the summertime and wintertime. 🙂
If anyone knows where I can get calamansi in NYC or packaged calamansi juice even, please let me know. I’m still new here and haven’t discovered the best grocery spots/markets. Thanks!