Forget hot toddies for a cold – try a flu-busting ICE CREAM instead
Inluenza sorbet has ingredients that help treat viral symptoms, such as pectin to soothe a sore throatPlus cayenne pepper and ginger to reduce inflammationAnd orange and lemon juice to boost immune system
18:08 GMT, 1 February 2013
18:08 GMT, 1 February 2013
When we are struck down with a streaming cold most of us reach for a mug of comforting chicken soup or a hot toddy.
But one woman has come up with her own novel and somewhat chilling solution – a flu-busting ice cream.
The icy treat is packed full of ingredients that help to treat viral symptoms such as a dollop of honey and liquid pectin (usually found in jam) to soothe an irritated throat.
The icy treat is packed with ingredients that treat viral symptoms, such as pectin (usually found in jam) to soothe a sore throat
It also contains the spices of cayenne and ginger as they have anti-inflammatory properties that may help you feel less feverish and ease your aching joints.
Orange and lemon juice and included to give a super-dose of vitamin C.
Although this won't eradicate your virus it will help boost your immune system for the next time bugs do the rounds.
Plus there's a shot of bourbon whiskey in a nod to the traditional hot toddy.
RECIPE FOR RECOVERY: INFLUENZA SORBET
2 cups fresh orange juice (from 5 to 6 oranges)
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
One 3-ounce packet liquid pectin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
2 to 4 tablespoons Maker’s Mark bourbon (optional)
Combine the orange and lemon juices, sugar, honey, and ginger in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat.
Add the pectin, cayenne, and bourbon, if using. Pour into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until cold.
Freeze the sorbet just until it is the consistency of very softly whipped cream. (You can eat it now, if you wish; otherwise, proceed as directed.)
Pack the sorbet into a storage container, press a sheet of parchment directly against the surface, and seal with an airtight lid. Freeze in the coldest part of your freezer until firm, at least 4 hours.
Alcohol acts as an antiseptic and could also make you drowsy making it easier to nod off after a trying day of coughing.
The recipe was the brainchild of an Ice Cream parlour owner in Ohio, according to Time magazine.
Jenni Britton Bauer said her mother
and grandmother used to mix up the cocktail when she was poorly and give
her a spoonful before bed.
The product is available in the U.S. but is also easy to make at home (see recipe in box)
decided to use her skills to turn the old family recipe into an
'Influenza Sorbet,' calculating that the coldness would help numb virus
pain as well.
She produced her first pot in 2004 and included a child-friendly version using a cherry concentrate instead of bourbon.
It proved such a hit that she has been selling it ever since.
And should you not live in the Ohio area, we have the recipe for you to try at home.