It’s almost May in Minnesota, and we’ve been hit with snowstorms throughout the month of April. This is not my idea of a picturesque spring. Especially because I just got back from a little trip to the Arizona desert, where it was a glorious 90 degrees. ☀️
Long winters tend to equal extended cold and flu seasons around here. Sometimes I’m pretty sure my throat hurts just by waking up and looking at the weather app, revealing temps in the negative yet again.
I’m also a part-time nanny, which means every time one of my kids comes down with something, I do, too.
I’m really, really ready for spring.
In all honesty, this winter has been, overall, relatively mild. There haven’t been a ton of negative-temperature days, we didn’t even have snow for the longest time, and it seems like I might’ve flown across the country just in time to miss the year’s biggest dumping of snow.
But I’ve been sick a lot this winter, and maybe you’re in the same boat. I have a busy schedule and I hate having to bail on things just because I have another cold or sore throat. This magical drink has been helping.
A few things: I am so not one of those “natural” people who drinks ACV on the daily and shops at Whole Foods. I’m also not typically a big tea drinker. I like my tea to be of the chai variety – in other words, I like it to taste like sugar and cinnamon with a hefty dash of cream. I’ll drink green tea or Thai, but I like those to taste like sugar and cream, too. Basically I don’t ever order regular tea unless I’m A) broke, or B) on a very strict diet.
But I do force myself to drink it when I’m feeling sick or unhealthy or just kind of blah. It makes me feel a little healthier, even if it’s just psychosomatic.
This tea is not psychosomatic, though. It’s more like miraculous! I had serious doubts, but person after person told me that apple cider vinegar is good for colds, so I gave it a whirl. I drank this stuff every day for one whole week when I had a sore throat, and each and every time it made my throat feel like new.
I did some very official Google research to discover that honey and lemon juice are also supposed to be good for sore throats. I just dumped all of it into a mug of water with whatever tea bags struck my fancy each day and a cinnamon stick to mask the taste of everything else. And it was amazing. And it worked!
From what I can tell, the key is the cinnamon stick. And the ACV. The two combined taste like apple cider, and they pretty much cover the taste of everything else.
Oh, and I guess the honey, too. As mentioned, I like my drinks on the sweet side!
Do be careful of consuming too much of this ACV mixture – although experts vary greatly in their recommendations, many say that more than two tablespoons of ACV a day can be harmful. Some even say more than one. So use with caution! I’m no doctor, but it does seem a little dangerous to drink apple cider vinegar in huge quantities because it’s so acidic. Please don’t wreck your esophagus! I drank a max of two tablespoons a day and only had this tea on the days I was sick. After that, I shoved the vinegar back to its corner pantry shelf. I’d rather be overly cautious than end up with way more serious health problems than a sore throat.
The next time I come down with a sore throat, however, which will hopefully be at least seven months from now (We can only hope!), this is the first thing I’ll reach for. If you’re feeling under the weather right now, I hope this helps you as much as it did me!
Stay warm, fellow northerners! The end is in sight! Southern folk, we’re living vicariously through you right now and counting on your sunny snaps and instas!
To spring! Hopefully. 🤞
- 1 cup water
- 2 tea bags, any flavor
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Place water in a mug and microwave for 1 minute or until hot. Add tea bags and let steep 1-2 minutes, then remove and discard.
- Add honey, vinegar, and lemon juice to tea. Microwave another minute or until tea has reached desired temperature. Stir well and add cinnamon stick for flavor.
- Drink tea immediately.
Literally any tea bags work here! I've never tried a combination that didn't taste good, but my favorite so far is peppermint bark with a berry green tea. (It's odd, but it worked!)
Total Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 2 mg
Potassium: 123 mg
Total Carbs: 36 g
Protein: 0 g