I've just returned to Melbourne in the middle of winter, after a month of glorious summer sun in Trump's Merica. After less than three days back my whole family is getting sick.
Apparently the flu virus this winter has been Melbourne's worst in fifty years. Not quite sure how that metric is measured but we'll run with it...
Whenever I feel the onset of a cold, I frantically try to ingest as many herbal remedies as possible.
One recipe I turn to is this one.
Today's version is embarrassingly similar but it deserves it's own post. I freestyled it this morning and I want to drink it every day. It's delicious. Probably because I went hard on the anti-viral, anti-bacterial honey.
I've also included apple cider vinegar and ginger. As well as a heavy dose of vitamin C. Lemon is an obvious option but I'm fortunate to have camu camu in the cupboard too. One serving of this Peruvian fruit is 12 times my daily vitamin C needs. It's serious stuff.
Also, I had the heater blasting in the house today so that's why you'll see plenty of ice in this recipe. You might want to tone that down, or omit it completely, if you're needing this to get through a Westeros winter.
The recipe I made today is exactly as it reads below, however, I contemplated adding a few other cold killers.
Maitake is the best flu fighting mushroom you'll find. You can buy it in powder form and blend it up.
Similarly, infamous echinacea is another ingredient I like to add. Both of them can be blended into this recipe, however, they do detract from the taste and texture. Echinacea powder in particular can be a bit gritty. I could care less as it's all about the impact, however, if you want something smoother then follow the recipe below.
Flu Fighting Lemonade Recipe
- Makes 2 servings
- Takes 5 minutes
- Lemons - 2
- Apple cider vinegar - 60ml (2oz)
- Honey - 3 tablespoons
- Water - 3 cups
- Ice - big handful
- Optional - Camu camu - 1 teaspoon
- Juice your two lemons; I lazily cut the lemons into quarters and hand squeeze them
- Add the lemon juice, apple cider, water, honey and optional camu camu to a blender jug
- Blend for 15-20 seconds
- Pour over ice
- Enjoy immediately or drink over the course of a few days (I usually drink all this myself and make another batch each day)
image credit: Cheeky Kitchen