Tingling pineapple-ginger soda with cayenne
January 20, 2015 by SoHungryBlog
by Caitlin Saniga
Waylaid with a nasty sore throat and stuffy sinuses? This drink is dynamite. Pineapple is the only known source of bromelain, an enzyme used to treat inflammation, especially of the nose and sinuses. Pineapple core is especially rich in the protein, so be sure to include chunks from this section in your mixture. The spiciness of the ginger and cayenne is the perfect scratch for an itchy throat. And the lemon is the perfect zing for awakening and soothing sinuses. Drink a glass of the pineapple mixture straight, or add club soda for a less potent sipper.
- 2 cups chopped fresh pineapple, including chunks from the core
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
- juice of 1 lemon
- club soda
Blend the pineapple, honey, cayenne, ginger, and lemon juice in a food processor until smooth. Adjust seasonings to taste.
Drink as is, or use a 50/50 ratio of pineapple mixture and club soda for a fizzier drink.
Store in an airtight refrigerated container for up to 1 week.
Recipe adapted from: The View From Great Island