Elixir: honey lemon ginger cayenne, an antioxidant and immune booster


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Honey Lemon Ginger Cayenne Elixir

Start your day, and end your day with this warming, immune-boosting drink. My version is quite simple, using 2's of everything. I don't care for too much cayenne, so I only use 2 small pinches.
Servings: -1 person
Author: Joni Sare


  • sauce pan
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • measuring cup and spoon
  • mug


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 pinch cayenne powder
  • -- -- -----
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (start with 1 tsp if you want a less sour drink)
  • 1 tsp honey (other sweeteners listed below)

Acid alternatives

  • 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (start with 1 tsp if you want a less sour drink)

Sweetener alternatives

  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 or 2 raisins, or a date (alternatives for the sweetener)
  • 1 or 2 drops of agave, or tamarind paste

Spice alternatives

  • 1 pinch cinnamon powder, or pumpkin pie spice blend


Cook the ginger and spices

  • Simmer the water, ginger and powders in a covered sauce pan for at least 10 mins to 15 mins. If using dried fruit for the sweetener then add them now.

Add the sweet and acid (sour)

  • Pour into mug and add the lemon juice (or ACV), and the honey (or other sweetener).
  • Stir well, and enjoy.

Lemon, Ginger, Cayenne, with honey

I’ve been drinking this elixir since mid-February when I was introduced to the “I am Cozy” drink at Cafe Gratitude in Santa Cruz. It was divine. I felt comforted.

Shortly after that, I had a similar drink, the “Witchy Apple Cider” at the Wu Wei Tea Temple in Fairfax. It is equally divine, and comforting.


Ginger is the prominent flavor, and its warmth is intensified by the cayenne. It is quite warming. You’ll feel a warm flush throughout the body, which I heard is good (to get the body hot) to charge up the immune system.

I like both — and even with my discerning tongue– I haven’t made a distinction between the “apple cider vinegar” and the lemon juice.

And, instead of the cayenne I sometimes use “chipotle” powder (smoke-dried ripe jalapeƱo chili pepper), I only use a pinch or two so just a hint of smokiness is really nice sometimes.

Nutritional info from livestrong.com

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