Jeni’s Spendid Ice Cream's Influenza Rx Sorbet may not cure your flu, but you may experience some relief from your symptoms. The boozy remedy is made with honey, ginger, orange and lemon juices, Maker’s Mark Bourbon and cayenne pepper.
“It is really delicious,” said Jeni Britton Bauer. “The cayenne doesn’t have flavor, it just has the kick, the physical property of the heat, and then all of the other ingredients are just so perfect together. You can just imagine it as a cocktail. A whiskey sour plus ginger."
The recipe is loosely based on the home remedy Bauer’s mother and grandmother used to make when anyone in the family was under the weather. Bauer told ABC News the sorbet is intended to make you feel better. She explained that the sorbet contains pectin, an ingredient found in cough drops, to help coat and soothe the throat. You still have to lie down and drink plenty of fluids.
The sorbet is available for the rest of this year's flu season, which should wind down by the end of February or early March. Best part, it's over the counter, no script required.
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