Wintertime Power Shots 13

Mix up a batch of this super simple sore throat soother in just a few minutes.

Last winter I spotted a recipe for a lemon, ginger, and honey “cure for what ails you” and decided to give it a try.

A cure for what ails you, with a twist.

As I tend to do, I embellished the recipe a tiny bit. We have ‘olena (fresh turmeric) readily available here, and we all know how good it is for us. (It’s the dark orange slices that look like carrots in the photo.)

To make your own batch, simply layer slices of fresh ginger, ‘olena, and lemon in a jar in roughly equal parts. Pour honey—preferably local—over the slices until the jar is full.

Store in the refrigerator.

Be sure to shake the jar before pouring yourself a shot. The lemons juice out, thinning the honey down quite a bit. How long will it last? We kept it for about a month in the fridge, but perhaps even longer.


This is good stuff. It tastes delish, kind of sweet and tangy and wonderful. And anyone who downed a shot followed it up with a nice, hearty whoop! because they could tell that it was a nice power boost for the system. Yeah, maybe a little woowoo; you gotta try it yourself and see what you think.

I’m not going to tell you it’s a cure for the common cold, but it definitely is a throat soother.

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13 thoughts on “Wintertime Power Shots

  • drew

    Have you tried making that into a ferment? Take out the honey and add a sugary fruit apples or oranges. Let it sit on the counter. I’m going to give it a try.

    • Nance

      oops… I just read: turmeric. Sorry about that.

  • Lori

    How long did you let it set before sipping, I made a master blend, but might make some of this too.

        • Kris Bordessa Post author

          It depends how much you make. 😉 Just layer the ingredients in a jar to fill it.

  • Gretchen Falkenburg

    Also nice in a hot cuppa. Works well with most herbal teas too. Just a teaspoon here and there.

  • Elizabeth Sorrell

    It’d b a great hot toddy with ginger brandy!

    • Kris Bordessa Post author

      I’m in Hawaii, so I can get it at the farmers markets. You might try an Asian grocery, if you have one nearby.

  • Lori

    I get mine at our international store here in Denver, it’s called the Hmart.