Whenever I'm sick, I soothe myself with this simple tonic. Whether I actually feel like I'm coming down with something or whether my voice is just hoarse, as it is this week from being on tour with The Kitchn Cookbook, this tonic does the trick.
I recall having a bout of the flu a few years ago that lasted eleven days, and this drink was the only thing I consumed. I'm not here to give medical advice, but I can say this cocktail kept me alive when it seemed the flu was trying to kill me.
Even if you aren't as down and out as I was during that round of flu, it's good to have a recipe for such a soothing elixir, perfect for chilly winter days, no matter the state of your tummy or your throat. And when you're all wound up and know that relaxation would be salubrious, add a shot of whiskey: very healing.
Flu Season Ginger Honey Lemon Tonic
1 cup water
1-inch piece ginger root (or more, to taste), peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 whole organic lemon
1 teaspoon honey, or to taste
1 ounce whiskey (optional)
In a small pot over medium heat, heat the water, ginger, lemon juice, and honey. Strain the mixtures into a mug and add the shot of whiskey, is using.
Updated from recipe originally published December 2007.