Cold and flu elixir is made with honey, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and cayenne for a homemade alternative to terrible-tasting and over-priced store-bought cold medicines.
This cold and flu elixir is our favorite remedy to soothe a sore throat, stop sniffles, or settle an upset stomach. But besides its remarkable honeyed-ginger flavor that’s lovely as can be and no contest compared with those blechy-tasting, over-priced, store-bought, brand-name cold medicines, we love the fact that you probably already have everything you need to make it in your pantry, which means no run to the store. And a little extra money to pay for that mountain of tissues you’re using, wadding up, and tossing in the trash.–Angie Zoobkoff
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- Makes 4
- 3 cups boiling water
- One (3-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and crushed
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup honey, preferably raw
- Two (3-inch) cinnamon sticks, each broken in half
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 1. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
- 2. Meanwhile, place the ginger, vinegar, honey, cinnamon sticks, cayenne, and salt in an uncracked jar or bowl.
- 3. Pour in the boiling water and stir until the honey dissolves. Strain and drink immediately.
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.