Savor Sister Linda here with you fresh out of the saddle. We are into our hot/dry season here in the desert southwest. The region where we ranch didn’t get the rain we need, so the grasses and range are thin, and the water sources even thinner. This means a lot of managing resources, and a lot of hours in the saddle working.
On long, hot days I crave bitter drinks, but coffee doesn’t quite do it for me. I need something that satisfies my body without adding acid to my stomach, or send my flying with caffeine like a cold brew coffee (which has more caffeine than hot coffee, regardless of whether you use caffeinated or decaffeinated beans). So I came up with a bitter drink with a kick. I drink it both hot and cold – in the ranching world we love to use over our resources well, and this drink lends itself to that. If you have some left over from your first infusion, you can stick it in the fridge and drink it later on cold over ice.
It is simple to make and has just four ingredients (I count water as an ingredient) – five if you add to it the milk you like.
HOW TO: In a French Press combine 2 Tablespoons of Roasted Dandelion Root with 1 Tablespoon of Chicory root, with 1 chiltepin.
Pour in boiling water just like you would coffee, and infuse it for at least 5 minutes. 10 minutes or more is even better. I let it sit and adding more water as I drink it; unlike coffee you can get more than one respectable infusion. The chile taste will become more intense with time.
These roots are medicinals as well as being tasty, so you might find that your liver and digestion benefit from drinking them – but as with anything what is one mans elixir can be another mans poison so please check them out for yourself first. The chiltepin is a chile that is known to actually help with digestion – I know it has helped my own. Other types of chilies can be irritating to the stomach, but for me, this tiny chile with it’s big punch can actually help. Again, try it out for yourself and see.
In the photos below the lighter coarser root is the dandelion and the darker smaller is the chicory. The red is the chilie, and one really is enough, especially as it
We are all “in the saddle”. Whether you work literally on a horse or mule, or more metaphorically in a city, we are all managing our own particular set of conditions and resources. Try this drink for a caffein free drink option that helps you get the work done.