Cold and flu elixir combines honey, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and cayenne for a homemade alternative to terrible-tasting, over-priced, brand-name cold medicines. So lovely you may find yourself feigning illness.
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- 5 M
- 5 M
- Makes 4
In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
Meanwhile, place the ginger, vinegar, honey, cinnamon sticks, cayenne, and salt in an uncracked jar or bowl.
Pour in the boiling water and stir until the honey dissolves. Strain and drink immediately. Originally published February 8, 2018.
Elixirs for Health Variations
The above recipe is fantastic for treating common cough and cold symptoms. If you’d like to tailor the elixir to help with other symptoms, try one of the variations below…
To settle an upset stomach, double the ginger and leave out the vinegar and cayenne.
For a vitamin C boost, add the grated zest and juice of a lemon and/or an orange to the elixir.
To help you sleep, add a chamomile tea bag or a little dried lavender to the elixir and omit the cayenne.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
The moment we read this recipe, we gathered the ingredients to make it, starting by smashing the ginger in the bottom of a bowl, and adding the other ingredients in the time that it took to boil the water. In less than 5 minutes, we were sipping the hot and wonderfully soothing elixir with the hope for a solid wellness boost.
We were wary about the 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, so we started with 1/4 teaspoon, which suited us well. We served 6 servings of a half cup each, and we will certainly make this again—both as-is as well as the variations. We've renamed the recipe for ourselves from "Cold Elixir" to "Wellness Elixir."
Turns out I'm the perfect guinea pig for this cold and flu elixir since I've had to accept that I've not been winning against my cold for a couple of weeks and counting. This must be just the concoction I needed: it tasted great to me. While I started with a serving that approximated 1/4 of the recipe, I actually drank it all, sip by sip.
Not only did I use raw—and local—honey, but my apple cider vinegar was also raw. I followed the directions to boil water (pot), combine the ingredients (bowl), and strain (strainer). However, this could be as simple as boil water, add ingredients to the pot, and then remove the cinnamon stick and ginger. Less dishes = more inclination to make this elixir, especially when not feeling well!
Note that the cayenne wanted to fall to the bottom, so when I noticed this, I added a spoon to the cup, and stirred before each sip. It was pretty sweet to me, so my inclination would be to try the variation with lemon in the future, as a balancing flavor to the honey, and in addition to the plus of extra vitamin C.