You may think that winter is a down time for ice cream. Not so. Jeni's Ice Creams here in Columbus is busily churning out seasonal flavors like Smoked Dark Chocolate with Marshmallows (tastes like chocolate and a campfire) and Blood Orange (think upscale Orange Push-Up). But these pale in taste and seasonal brilliance next to this limited-edition treat for anyone with an itchy throat: Influenza Sorbet.
This is a brilliant seasonal idea: sorbet for those of us fighting off colds and fevers. (Not uncommon in these cold regions.) Make a smooth, cool sorbet with ginger, honey, and a healthy dose of booze.
We knew that Jeni had made these semi-medicinal sorbets in the past; I spotted them in past promotional shots. There had been a lemon throat sorbet and another version for kids with cherries and chamomile. But there was no sign of a flu sorbet this year... until last weekend, when I nabbed a pint at the shop. And oh baby, it's good. It's almost worth getting sick for.
It has an orange juiciness, like a healthy glass of OJ, followed immediately by a wallop of Maker's Mark that burns it way down with ginger and a final little kick of cayenne. Honey soothes and smooths in the background, even as your nasal passages get cleared out by the spiciness. So delicious and restorative!
This sorbet, for those of you not within reach of Jeni's, is surely hackable. The ingredients are listed above. Want to take a crack at it? We think a sorbet version, too, of our Ginger Honey Flu Tonic would be worth a try. Better than the sniffles, anyway.
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