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Ginger Lemonade

For my 2018 calendar, I invited friends and colleagues to contribute their favorite FLAVOR combination, along with a recipe and a story. I received 12 great combos and loved working with all these ingredients in my studio and experimenting with how to present them.

This month, I’m featuring the story and Ginger Lemonade recipe of the wonderful Portland artist, Ruth Armitage.

Ginger Lemonade Still-life

Ginger Lemonade, 12″ x12″ x1″, acrylic on cradled panel, by Annie Salness, $285

Here’s the story and recipe:

from the 2018 Flavors calendar…


Whenever any one of my three kids was sick growing up, I’d get a call from the grocery store: “Mom, how do you make that ginger lemonade?”

It is a simple recipe. One can even remember it in the throes of the flu. But it is comforting and relieves a sore throat, cough, congestion, and aches. This was just one of the terrific recipes I cut out of the Oregonian’s Food Day section, before the advent of foodie websites and blogs.

—Ruth Armitage,

Ginger Lemonade

1 1/2 T. fresh, grated ginger
1/2 a lemon
1 T. honey
pinch of cayenne pepper

Grate ginger into a mug. (Freeze ginger in a plastic bag for easier grating.)Fill the mug to within 1/2″ of the top with boiling water and steep for 3 mins. Strain the grated ginger out by pouring through a tea strainer or a sieve lined with paper towel. Add the lemon juice. Stir in honey and cayenne pepper. Drink hot!

Calendar Contributor Spotlight

My January artist, storyteller, and friend, Ruth Armitage has a very emotional approach to her painting. I’m fascinated by that because I feel I can be a very linear and technique-oriented painter. I’d love to learn how to harness more of the feeling—and look forward to taking a class with Ruth sometime this year.

Here’s how Ruth explains her painting process:

Teaching students what art IS often involves me teaching them what Art Isn’t. One of the reasons I share my process through demonstrations is to make it clear that my decision-making process is driven by the ideas behind the art. Students start to see that I’m not thinking about what the right way to express something might be. Instead, I’m considering how I feel about the paint and the story behind the art.

Golden Shore Abstract Landscape

Here are some videos of her work, and, she is an excellent teacher! Here are her workshops.

Painting workshops are enriching – for artists too! Ruth Armitage

The lovely Ruth!

Annie Salness Artist


  1. Ruth Armitage on January 22, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    Thanks for the feature, Annie! I’m looking forward to painting with you – and I hope you don’t need to use this recipe 🙂

    • Annie Salness on January 23, 2018 at 3:54 am

      I am really looking forward to taking one of your classes. (I’ve got ginger and a lemon just in case.) 🙂

  2. Laura Ekins on January 30, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    I purchased Annie’s calendar in December and for fun set a goal to make each recipe in its month. I am off to a good start, my sister came to visit and we had ginger lemonade tea for breakfast not because we needed it for sickness, but hoping it helps keep it away…

    • Annie Salness on February 7, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      🙂 I would like to hear about them as you go along…

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