Cold season is upon us. In order to ward off this year's sniffles, I’ve been drinking mugs of this warming infusion. A few notes – the gin is optional, though highly recommended, and you can use sage instead of mint. Also, feel free to add more cayenne for a really spicy remedy, which is always good for sweating away colds.
• 3 cups water • 2 tablespoons honey • handful fresh mint • thumb piece size ginger, sliced • half a lemon, sliced • pinch cayenne pepper • 1 clove garlic, smashed • 2 star anise • 3 cloves • 2 oz gin (optional)
Put all the ingredients but the gin in a saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the gin and serve really hot.