Recipe: Killer Cold-Busting Hot Toddy

‘Tis the season. No – not that season. Not the one filled with snow and sugarplums. It’s cold and flu season. Times when there’s a  change in the weather seem to hit people harder than extended dead-of-winter months, and this year has been no exception.

Even when you’re eating your greens, taking your probiotics, and loading up on all your immune-boosting vitamins and minerals, sometimes life still knocks you sideways, rattling loose a runny nose, sore throat, and cough. For those days, I’m sharing my not-so-secret-anymore cold-busting beverage full of lots of anti-inflammatory ingredients.



  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh turmeric
  • unpasteurized honey to taste
  • hot water
  • pinch of Ceylon Cinnamon
  • cinnamon stick to garnish (optional)

Grate ginger and turmeric (you may want to use gloves to avoid staining by the latter) into a tea ball and steep in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Remove tea ball. Juice the lemon into the mixture, and stir in honey and cinnamon.

Now, Uncle Buck maintains that a true hot toddy needs a shot of whiskey in it. If you’re of legal drinking age, I have no objection to that modification. No objection at all.

About The Author: 
Kelly Boaz, CNP
Kelly is a holistic nutritionist, specializing in eating disorder recovery and food freedom. She is also a public speaker (TEDx King St. West, TDSB) and a writer. Learn more about Kelly, and about booking private consultations at Twitter: @kelly_boaz    Facebook: /KellyBoazDotCom 



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