Warm Drinks for Cold Season

Whether you're feeling sniffly, fatigued, or just need the comfort of a warm mug in your hands, here are four all-natural recipes to try.

A couple weeks ago, I was hit by a nasty stomach bug. It came out of nowhere. The primary symptoms were week-long nausea and fatigue. By the seventh day, paranoia was setting in and I was beginning to wonder whether, despite the fact that “Aunt Irma” had just concluded her monthly visit, I had somehow managed to defy biology and become pregnant. No such luck.

I did, however, use this miserable opportunity to try the “Healing 3-Ingredient Turmeric Tonic” recipe I’d come across recently on the Minimalist Baker blog and to ask TulsaKids’ Facebook followers for their own favorite home remedies for cold season. (I know, I didn’t have a cold, but the Tumeric Tonic promises to soothe a multitude of ailments, and cold season recipes sounded more helpful than “phantom stomach bug” recipes.) So here are four recipes you can try the next time you are feeling a bit “off” this winter.

Healing 3-Ingredient Turmeric Tonic

Ingredients (these are the ingredients I used, which may vary slightly from the original recommendations):

  • 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Maple syrup, to taste (original recipe calls for 1-2 tsp., optional, but I have a sweet tooth and probably doubled this. At least.)
  • 3 c. filtered water
  • Optional: cayenne pepper

Add all ingredients to small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and strain into a mug. Enjoy!

Hot Lemon and Basil Tea, With Honey

Laura Zurita shared this  recipe with us on Facebook. Her three kids (pictured below) love it; it’s all-natural and sounds versatile, simple and delicious!

Boil water, squeeze in fresh lemon juice and add two basil leaves. Simmer for a few minutes. Turn off heat, stir in a bit of honey, and enjoy.

Garlic Lemonade

My friend Christi introduced me to this garlic lemonade, and I believe there are several versions out there. She uses this one. As with all of these recipes so far, the ingredients can be measured to taste, so it may take a few tries before you find your optimal flavor balance.


  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 3-4 medium cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 c. lemon juice
  • Honey/maple syrup
  • Optional: peeled fresh ginger

Place garlic and ginger (if using) into a 1-quart jar (since you are just steeping the mixture, you could probably put it in any heat-proof container, but a jar might be easiest for pouring). Add boiling water and steep for 20+ minutes. Strain out garlic, if desired. Add lemon juice and honey.

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Christi also recommended including a recipe for elderberry syrup, which, according to realfoodrn.com, is high in vitamins A and C, a specific type of antioxidant, and has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. The website says that the standard dose for kids is 1/2-1 tsp. daily, and 1/2-1 Tbsp. for adults. If your child does become sick, the dose can be increased to 1/2-1 tsp. every 3-4 hours. Here is the recipe, as found on realfoodrn.com.


  • 2/3 c. dried elderberries (can be found at Amazon.com and probably at local health food stores)
  • 3 1/2 c. water
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. whole or powdered cloves
  • 1 c. raw honey
  1. In a medium saucepan, add water, elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer at least 45 minutes (until liquid has been reduced by half.) Remove from heat.
  2. When slightly cooled, strain the mixture into a glass bowl. Discard berries and cool liquid mixture until it is lukewarm.
  3. Add honey and stir well.
  4. Pour into 16 oz. glass container of some kind. Keep refrigerated. Should last up to several months.
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