Salabat is hot ginger tea made by boiling crushed ginger in water. Brown sugar is used to sweeten the beverage. Camote, sago, or carabao's milk are added by some to salabat.
Salabat is found to have healing properties and is used to ease cold symptoms and stomachaches. It soothes sore throats and is said to sweeten the singing voice. It is now available in powdered form for convenience in preparation. It is a favorite drink during the cold season, and is often given out to buyers of bibingka and puto bumbong outside churches after Simbang Gabi at Christmastime.
- 3 cups water
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 5-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, then simmer for 10 minutes. Makes 2-3 servings.
- Ladle the hot salabat into a coffee mug or teacup and serve immediately. You could strain the ginger slices out. If the salabat is too spicy, it can be watered down or sweetenend with more sugar or honey as desired.