A popular herbal drink in the Philippines is Asawin Herbal Drink. This beverage is made from local fruits and roots of local plants.
To make Asawin Herbal Drink, you need to boil water in a pitcher for some time. Pour the boiled water into a pot. The pitchers are then filled with fresh lime juice, brewed tea leaves, and crushed dried taro root.
Taro Root – You can choose to use either dark or light brown color taro root. Choose the darker colored ones when using it in cooking เครื่องดื่มสมุนไพร. Add a few Taro Roots at a time to the pitcher while keeping boiling the water. Allow it to boil for some time until it would turn off the heat.
Tea Leaves – You need to grind the tea leaves into fine powder. Just make sure that the ground tea leaves are no bigger than a fine powder and not too fine that it won’t brew effectively.
Fresh Lemongrass – You should use fresh lemongrass when making the drink. Cut the lemongrass into small pieces or even crush them to extract its aroma.
Fresh Citrus Peel – Cut the citrus peel into pieces and place them into the pitcher. Add it to the pitcher while keeping the pitcher boiling. This method works better if you want to make Asawin Herbal Drink.
If you don’t have lime juice, use fresh lemon juice instead. Otherwise, you can just use regular lemon juice instead. That way, it will still be good.
The pitcher is then added to the boiling water. The mixture is left in the boiling water for some time until it would turn off the heat. Then, it is drained of the water.
Stir the mixture in a separate pitcher. Add the crushed tea leaves in the pitcher while keeping the pitcher in boiling water. Allow it to boil for some time until it would turn off the heat.
Add fresh lemongrass while keeping the pitcher in boiling water. Allow it to boil for some time until it would turn off the heat. Afterward, it is drained of the boiling water.
After the mixture has cooled down, you can strain it again. The Asawin Herbal Drinks will now be drinkable. It will taste better if you let it cool down a bit before you serve it.
When making Asawin Herbal Drinks, remember to add a little honey or sugar. It would taste even better if you add just a little honey. Sugar adds some sweetness to the Asawin Herbal Drink, but only if you add a little