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by Caitlin Saniga

Tingling pineapple-ginger soda with cayenne

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.

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by Sarah Steimer

Lemon, ginger and cayenne wellness shot

I completely swear by this shot. I’ve jotted the recipe down for any number of people the moment they tell me they aren’t feeling well (and I take it myself at this point, too. Cooties alert). Take this at the first sign of sickness, or if you’re around a lot of office/gym/commute snot. Lemon helps boost immunity and detox, while the ginger reduces flu- and cold-related aches and helps your digestive system. The kick of cayenne can help with fevers and nausea.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Pomegranate orange peel tea with gingered honey

The timing of this month’s guide couldn’t be more perfect. I’ve been battling a cold since Christmas Day, and although the worst of it is over, I can tell you for a fact that this tea soothes an uneasy stomach and encourages stuffy nasal cavities to loosen up. Ginger and honey are classic remedies for upset stomach and sore throats, respectively, and the benefits of orange and pomegranate peels were new news to me. Both are high in vitamin C and calcium. Orange peel tea has been used to treat heartburn and indigestion, and pomegranate peel tea has been used to soothe sore throats. One thing to keep in mind when purchasing your fruit for this tea: Organic is absolutely best, as peels touched by chemicals tend to absorb those chemicals.

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by Sarah Steimer

New Beginnings New Year Smoothie

Time to start the new year with something healthy! This bad boy was like drinking a whole breakfast, and is probably healthier than most handfuls of cereal we shove in our food holes. I mean, what?

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by Sarah Steimer

Gingerbread White Russian

Some of our gingerbread recipes will be nice… this one will be naughty (well, depends on how many you’ve had, really).

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by Caitlin Saniga

Gingerbread lattes

Gingerbread lattes are the ultimate indulgence, and my recipe doesn’t cut them any slack. If you don’t have or can’t find whole spices for every ingredient listed, don’t worry. Pinches of ground spices can be substituted. If you don’t have an espresso machine, use instant espresso and try steaming milk on the stove (YouTube has some great demos).


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by Sarah Steimer

Lavender paloma

I really loved the combination of the smoky mezcal with the floral simple syrup. The tartness from the citrus certainly helps as well, and this could work well pretty much any time of year. You know, this is for the hot young professional in you who feels a little too classy for a simple margarita sometimes.

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