While half of the world is suffering through winter, I am still in Colombia, enjoying the warmer climate. I spend some weeks in the mountains, in the beautiful village of Salento, in the coffee region. A report will follow soon, as it turned out to be vegan heaven! As the nights there could be slightly chilly (and some rainy days as well), I discovered a warming infusion with a tropical twist at one of the local coffee shops, called Jesús Martín. The café has excellent coffee (obviously) from its own roasting facilities, a funky Colombian-European design and said yummy infusion. It has some sugar in it, but if you don’t drink it by the litres it is not bad for you. You can prepare the ginger and maracuya (a cousin of the passionfruit) mixture in advance and just keep some in your fridge in a closed container for some days, and just spoon it into some hot water whenever you feel like it.
Here is my own take on the delicious infusion to keep you warm on cold winter days and provide you with some vitamin C and a sugar rush. You need per cup:
1 cup of freshly boiled water
5 cm piece of ginger
1 yellow maracuya fruit
2 tablespoons of raw cane sugar
splash of lime
First, peel the ginger and grate it very finely. In a bowl, mix the ginger with the pulp of the maracuya, including the kernels. Add a splash of lime and mix well.
Pour the hot water into your cup, add the two tablespoons of sugar, and your ginger-maracuya mixture (about 2-3 tablespoons). Give it a good swirl and let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Enjoy!
P.S. This could also work well with passionfruit, or even with some mango pulp. You can experiment with different exotic fruit here.