Gollum’s Recipe: Gollum Juice

Photo from Serkis.comOne would imagine that speaking all day in a raspy whining voice, mixing in various throaty coughs and noises, would irritate your throat. In the case of Andy Serkis, who portrayed Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, his voice was destroyed day after day.

In order to combat the utter annihilation of his vocal cords Serkis drank what he termed “Gollum Juice” which, as he describes it, “which was made of honey, lemon and ginger. So we used to make up big jugs of it with warm water and I used to drink that on set everyday, lots of it everyday.” (BBC Newsround) . Curiously, no actual recipe for the drink exists, as Serkis never described the proportions of all the ingredients. Aside from helping to soothe the pain from excessive singing or voice acting Gollum Juice serves as a fantastic little remedy for a sore throat or cold.

Despite the lack of a recipe, the principle ingredients are clear. In some ways this is like a tea, except that the ginger serves as the ingredient that “steeps” in the warm water. Both Jesse and I have used this recipe on a number of occasions, especially when trying to remedy sore vocal cords from a night of singing at the bar or an all night Rockband party, but that is a tale for another time. For now, here’s a recipe, ingredients and all, for Mr. Serkis’ famous remedy.

(photo from Serkis.com)

2 cups water
1 tsp fresh ginger diced
1 lemon
2 tablespoons of honey
a dash of cinnamon (optional)

  1. In a microwaveable container, add the water, and ginger. Place in the microwave on high for one minute. The water should begin to turn a golden color.
  2. Next, strain the mixture (unless you enjoy bits of ginger) and add the lemon and honey, mixing thoroughly.
  3. Return to the microwave for another 30 seconds, add cinnamon if desired, then serve.

In absence of a microwave, this can also be done on the stove:

  1. In a small pot, bring the water to a soft boil. Add the ginger and allow it to steep in the water for a minute or two, until the water begins to change color.
  2. Lower the heat and strain out the ginger.
  3. Return the water to the heat and add in the lemon and honey, stirring to incorporate. Heat the mixture until just before it begins to boil again, then serve.