Cocktail that Fights the Flu
This Holiday Season warm up with a flu fighting cocktail that will deliciously kickstart any party, or cozy night by the fire. What fights the flu? Well, as you know an apple a day keeps the doctor away… but the ingredients & spices we use to make the cider, add flu fighting properties like nobody’s business!
- To make the cider (you can buy it at the store, but the sugar content will be higher than homemade)
- Juice 6 apples and strain out any pulp/foam into a sauce pan
- Simmer on low/medium heat for 15 minutes (covered) with the following spices:
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 star anise*
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
- Stir every 5 minutes
- Remove from heat and remove the cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise
- Stir in 1/3 cup local honey
- and juice from a lemon
*Star Anise is a highly fragrant spice that is used in Asian cooking. About 90% of the world’s star anise crop is used for extraction of shikimic acid, a chemical intermediate used in the synthesis of oseltamivir – also know as TamiFlu!
Adding lemon (vitamin C), cinnamon & nutmeg (healing spices), and honey (to soothe) makes this cocktail one of the best for fighting the flu!
Now it’s time to add the good stuff! – or NOT. Many people believe that drinking alcohol will kill off the bacteria that is causing a cold/flu. But it’s simply not true. In fact drinking alcohol while sick can dehydrate you, slowing down the healing process in your body, and weakening your immune system.
OKAY – if you’re not sick, here are 3 booze options to add to your cider to make it a delicious cocktail:
- Gin – Yes, I said gin. I like Martin Miller’s Gin in my cocktails. Just a 2oz will do the trick 🙂
- Rum – Spiced rum is probably one of the most popular alcohols to add to hot cider because it adds to the delicious flavor – but it adds more sugar than gin FYI. 2-3oz should add a nice kick!
- Bourbon/Rye – Recently bourbon & rye has become one of my favorite alcohols to sip. It is warming, and smoother than straight whiskey. Even though I know it may make me sicker, sipping a little Four Roses always makes me feel better when I have a cold 🙂 Try 2oz and see if you love it like I do!
Wishing you a happy and HEALTHY holiday season!
Lindsay (Mama) O’Neill
P.S. – PLEASE remember to drink responsibly!