½ a fresh preferably unwaxed lemon (or 2 Tbsp. lemon juice)
2-4 gratings of lemon zest
1 Tbsp. Grade B (the dark stuff) pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
Or 2 tsp. honey
8 oz/235ml. boiled hot water
A dash of chipotle or cayenne chili powder (optional)
Squeeze the juice of lemon into a favorite mug or cup.
Add a few gratings of lemon zest* if wished, avoiding the bitter pith.
Add the maple syrup and chili powder then pour in the hot water, stir to combine and let stand for a few minutes before sipping.
*All types of citrus zest have more beneficial compounds than their juice