Sunday, January 15, 2017

Hot Drinks for a Winter Flu by Alicia Street

I absolutely love coffee any time of the year, but when a winter flu gets me—yep, it’s gotten me already and it’s a doozy—I’ve got a roster of go-to hot drinks that are great for chasing away the flu-blues.

Hot Apple Cider
My favorite and probably the easiest. Just heat it up and pour it into a nice big mug with an optional cinnamon stick.

Black tea with Honey and Lemon
Of course! Nothing like tannic acid to soothe a sore throat.

Miso Broth
Heat water and pour into a cup, then stir in a teaspoon of brown rice or barley miso. If the water boils it will destroy the fermented nutrients in miso, so let it cool a bit first.

Chamomile tea with Ginger
I confess, I buy this in tea bags, but my sister grates ginger into the water as she boils it and then steeps it over a bag of chamomile.

Hot and Sour Soup
Great for clearing your sinuses. I’m lucky to have a fab Chinese restaurant nearby where I can order take-out.

Chicken Soup
The tried and true. I make mine with lots of garlic and add plenty of liquid. In addition to the chicken, celery, and carrots, I add mushrooms and green chard to give an immune system booster.

Wishing you a happy—and healthy—2017!


Alicia Street is a USA Today bestselling author and a Daphne du Maurier award-winner. A compulsive reader of every genre, she writes both sweet and steamy romance. She spent many
years as a dancer, choreographer and teacher.

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  1. Gotta love chicken soup, Alicia. And, a Happy and Healthy 2017 to you and your family, too!

  2. Thanks for these suggestions, Alicia. I'll definitely use them if the flu comes calling. Stay well!

  3. Great suggestions!! I'm bookmarking to remind me next time an illness sweeps through the house. Thank you!

  4. I need to try these remedies. I have another cold. argh

  5. I need to try these remedies. I have another cold. argh