There’s nothing worse than when someone you love is sick. (Although, to be completely honest, if that someone is the type of guy who contracts man flu, it can get old pretty quickly.)
No matter what ails you, I’ll be the first to show up with chicken soup or banana muffins (you can find the recipes in Food for the Soul).
But when cold and flu season strikes, your nose is plugged, your chest is tight and food is the last thing on your mind, my secret weapon is a spicy, sweet elixir that helps ease the worst of the symptoms (and doesn’t taste half-bad with a shot of brandy, either).
Cold-and-flu hot magic in a mug
To make base, combine the following in a small bowl:
- Zest of two oranges (reserve juice)
- 1 thumb-sized chunk of ginger, peeled and grated or finely minced
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- ¼ tsp. turmeric
- ¼ cup honey
Add juice from two oranges, mix well, pour into a jar with a lid. Store in refrigerator.
Add 2 tbsp. of base to a mug, fill with boiling water. Add 1 oz. brandy, if desired.
Sip as needed. (Don’t forget to get plenty of rest.)