By Amanda Mattos
So is just about everyone I know. I’ve got the sore throat/stuff head variety of winter cold. Over the past few years, I’ve been perfecting my Make Me Feel Better drink, and now I’ve got it down to a science. The next time it hurts to swallow and your head is just full, try making a pot of this stuff. It’ll sooth you at least for a little while.
Note: I usually make it in a teapot with a built-in strainer, but simply pouring it all into a mug and avoiding the chunks works too (if you’re making just one mug instead of a pot full, amend the recipe a bit — maybe half everything). Just depends how picky you are about things floating in your drinks. Sometimes floaters can be fun; today I noticed that cloves look a lot like little microphones. And that made me laugh for a little while, as I muttered “heyo, is this thing on?” into my mug. OK maybe I have a fever and am not making sense anymore. On to the recipe.
Just put the following into a tea pot, and cover with hot hot water. Let it steep for a few minutes, then enjoy.
- Two lemon slices, squeezed and dropped in
- Two orange slices, squeezed and dropped in
- 3-5 cloves
- A few shakes of crushed red pepper flakes
- A knot of ginger, peeled and cut into chunks
- 2-3 tablespoons of honey
I think I’ll go make myself another cup right now.