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by Shannon Williams on AUGUST 29, 2013

Ginger

Ginger tea is a staple in Brazil and enjoyed both hot and cold. During the colder months, you’ll likely see ginger teacombined with a generous serving of the national alcohol,cachaça (kah-SHAH-sah), a rum-like spirit made from fermented sugar cane. This alcoholic drink is called quentão or “big heat” – as you can imagine the spice from ginger mixed with the spirit really packs a punch (in a good way). Whether served cold, hot, alcohol-free, or with the extra kick, Brazilians drink ginger tea for the serious health benefits and its refreshing taste.

My mother-in-law is from a rural mountain region in Minas Gerais, Brazil, the state credited for first creating Brazilian ginger tea. Since her family didn’t have spare money to take her (or her six siblings) to regular doctor visits, her family relied heavily on natural medicine to keep everyone…

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