You don’t need the CDC to tell you it’s flu season, and this year is particularly bad.
We all know the drill. In order to stay healthy, get plenty of rest, drink fluids, wash your hands and eat sorbet.
That’s right, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has released a seasonal Influenza Sorbet with cayenne pepper, ginger, lemon and orange juice, Makers Mark bourbon and honey.
Ginger is used as an anti-inflammatory and for stomach issues, the capsaicin in cayenne helps clear the nasal passages, the lemon and orange juices are commonly consumed for their vitamins (and flavor), and the honey coats a sore throat.
Using food-based cures is hardly new — elderberry syrup is used to treat colds and the flu, and peppermint calms an upset stomach. Capsaicin is also being tested as a topical cream for arthritis.
Jeni Britton Bauer’s Influenza Sorbet is based off of a hot drink her family made when she was a kid — whiskey and all. Although it won’t cure the flu, she says it sure will make you feel better.