Cran-Apple Cider

As I mentioned the other day, I came down with a nasty cold and a slight fever this week.  Now that I’m feeling better, I wanted to share with you all one strategy I have for those days you’re feeling under the weather: cran-apple cider.

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This started off very simple, and the recipe has developed since then to form a (quite spectacular) rejuvenating drink for when you have a cold.  So, here is the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cran-apple juice
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 chunk of fresh ginger
  • A tad bit of water
  • Tea bag of your choice

Directions

  1. In a medium sized saucepan, heat up the cran-apple juice.  Add the cinnamon, the teabag, and the ginger and boil for 15 minutes.
  2. Let cool and remove ginger and cinnamon.  Add a bit of water (optional- however much you need to weaken it to drinkability).
  3. Voilà! Serve, enjoy, and feel better.

One note about the tea: the type really depends on your needs.  I like to use green tea in the morning for a healthy burst of energy, and at night, I go with an herbal “sleepy-time” tea.  Not a tea person?  You can barely taste it, but you can omit the tea if you really want to.

Basically everything in this is designed to make you feel better: cranberry juice is good, although the reason escapes me at the moment; apple juice is helpful for colds; cinnamon will reduce any inflammation in your throat for a soothing effect; the ginger kills germs in your throat (you may feel it burn a bit- normal!); the tea can give you energy or calm you down; and the heat, of course, soothes your throat.

Remember this next time you aren’t feeling well, and god luck!  What do you think; do you have any home-remedies?

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