With the hustle and bustle of busy holiday schedules, getting the sniffles is all but certain. Don’t worry, rejoice! French Culinary Institute graduate and food blogger Rachel Dresken shared her potable secrets with us to curb cold symptoms this season. Whip up one of these delicious remedies to beat the bug and have energy to chase your little whippersnappers around endless snowbanks. Each contains a key ingredient with immune-boosting and antioxidizing properties that will leave you chipper enough to take the holidays head on!
Ginger Spiced Tea
Ginger is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that has been shown to have soothing effects on cold symptoms. Green and black teas are also rich in antioxidants and help keep the immune system in top fighting shape.
- 3 cups filtered water
- 1 piece fresh ginger (1½ inches)
- 1 (heaping) tablespoon green or black tea leaves
- ½ cup whole milk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Dash cinnamon
Peel and slice ginger into thin rounds. Bring water to a boil, add ginger, and let simmer for 10 minutes. Decrease heat, add tea leaves, and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain into a blender. Add in milk and honey and purée until well combined. Return to pot and rewarm over low heat. Serve topped with a dash of cinnamon.
Honey Cayenne Tea
Cayenne pepper naturally does what many cold medicines try to do. It effectively breaks up mucus and helps clear your respiratory passages, giving you quicker relief from cold symptoms. It also has immune strengthening and antimicrobial properties, making it a great food to consume to help prevent a cold from even starting.
- 1 cup water
- 1 black tea bag
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Pinch cayenne pepper
Heat water on the stovetop and steep the black tea for about four minutes. Remove bag, and combine tea with the honey and cayenne in a mug.
Hot Pomegranate Cider
Pomegranates, in season during the winter months, are one of the most powerful known sources of antioxidants. Combine with apple cider and comforting spices for a tasty immune strengthening beverage.
- 3 cups apple cider
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 4 cloves
Heat all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove cloves and cinnamon sticks, and serve.