Serpentine’s Restorative – Neverwhere

“Richard knocked back the green liquid, which tasted of thyme and peppermint and winter’s mornings. He felt it go down and prepared himself to try to keep it from coming back up again. Instead he took a deep breath and realized, with a little surprise, that his head no longer hurt, and that he was starving.”

Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman


There is always a challenge in creating real world versions of food and drink that is probably mystical in origin. In this case, I wanted to include the elements in the description, namely the mint & thyme, and the green color. And then, if possible, I hoped to capture a bit of that restorative power.

Spirulina proved to be the key ingredient, as it gives the drink that Emerald-City-green, and the combination of protein, vitamins, and minerals helps restore what one’s body has lost as a result of over-indulging. The flavor is fairly pleasant, owing mostly to the mint and copious amount of honey (which helps keep the green powders in suspension).

This restorative beverage is lovely the morning after heavy drinking, but is also very effective when taken before going to bed. I personally recommend taking half warm before going to sleep, and chilling the other half for the morning after.

Recipe for Serpentine’s Restorative

Boiling: 10 minutes       Cooling: 15 minutes

Makes 1-2 servings, depending on your headache


  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 Green Tea bags
  • 1 sprig each mint & thyme, crushed
  • 1 tsp. willow bark
  • honey, to taste, but at least 1 tsp.
  • 1/2 tsp. spirulina powder
  • 1/2 tsp. wheatgrass powder (optional)

Combine the tea bags and herbs in a small saucepan with the boiling water. Simmer for around 10 minutes, then remove from heat. Strain into a bowl, and stir in the honey while the liquid is still warm. Allow to sit until it is still warm, but cool enough to touch. Stir in the spirulina, and if using, the wheatgrass. Stir until it’s completely combined, and serve. , blend, and let sit for 10 minutes. Strain, chill and serve seriously ice cold.


3 thoughts on “Serpentine’s Restorative – Neverwhere

  1. Very cool. Thanks a lot for this recipe! I’ll definitely try it (although the “*fairly* pleasant” worries me a little *g*)

    • Haha! It’s really not bad. I really meant that it’s a drink you would make for a purpose, not to sip on sunny summer afternoons. 😛

  2. That sounds awesome (even more so because it’s without peppermint-tea…can’t drink that even if it’s just in small doses…mint itself works fine…and no I have no idea why XD)

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