Winter Elixir

A mug of tea surrounded by orange and lemon slices, cinnamon sticks, turmeric, ginger and an apple

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Ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, honey, apple cider vinegar and other immunity-boosting ingredients make this soothing and delicious remedy for sniffles and sore throats. It can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stove top.

I also love this elixir, served hot or cold, as a caffeine-free afternoon pick-me-up.



5 cups water
2 cinnamon sticks
One 3-inch knob unpeeled ginger, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

Optional Add-ins:
Cayenne pepper ( a little bit goes a long way)
Elderberry liquid
Echinacea drops
Fresh squeezed orange juice
Pineapple juice
Vodka or Whiskey



  1. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Whisk in the honey and turmeric and add the cinnamon sticks and ginger.
  3. Turn off the heat. Let the cinnamon and ginger steep until the water is at room temperature, about 30 minutes. 
  4. If the cinnamon-ginger flavor isn't strong enough for you, let the elixir steep longer.
  5. Strain the cinnamon sticks and ginger from the water. 
  6. Stir in apple cider vinegar and lemon juice
  7. Stir-in anything else you want to add (see suggestions above)

Instant Pot:

  1. Combine water, cinnamon sticks, ginger, turmeric and honey in the Instant Pot. Whisk to make sure the honey is blended into the water. 
  2. Seal the lid and make sure the pressure release valve is set to "sealed."
  3. Press the Manual button and program the Instant Pot to cook at high pressure for 5 minutes (the pot will take 8 to 10 minutes to come up to pressure first).
  4. Let the pot naturally release pressure.
  5. Strain out cinnamon sticks and ginger.
  6. Stir in apple cider vinegar and lemon juice
  7. Stir-in anything else you want to add (see suggestions above)



 I keep the elixir in a glass jar or pitcher in the refrigerator so it’s ready when I need it. 

You can drink this winter elixir hot or cold. Before drinking, adjust the flavor of individual servings by adding more honey, or lemon, or juice, or add a dropper of liquid Elderberry or liquid Echinacea. When I’m congested, I sprinkle in a little cayenne pepper. And yes, you can also add a shot of vodka or whiskey. 

You can also freeze the elixir in an ice cube tray and keep the cubes in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. Pop an elixir ice cube into a mug of tea or add elixir ice cubes to sparkling water.