Recipe: Flu-Season Ginger-Honey-Lemon Tonic

updated May 3, 2019
Flu Season Ginger Honey Lemon Tonic
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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, 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.

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

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 — it’s very healing.

Flu Season Ginger Honey Lemon Tonic

Serves 1

Nutritional Info


  • 1 cup


  • 1

    (1-inch) piece fresh ginger (or more to taste), peeled and coarsely chopped

  • 1/2

    medium lemon

  • 1 teaspoon

    honey, or to taste

  • 1 ounce

    whiskey (optional)


  1. Place the water, ginger, lemon juice, and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat until heated through. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a mug and add the shot of whiskey, is using.