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Cold Buster Tonic

Stock up on this cold buster remedy so it’s ready to work its magic when you need it most. Made from fresh ginger, garlic, oranges, and other immunity-boosting ingredients, this easy tonic takes its cold-busting powers even further with antioxidant-rich peppercorns, jalapeños, and habanero peppers. While this concoction has a kick to it, the spice is balanced with cinnamon sticks, rosemary, and other seasonal ingredients that will have you feeling winter fresh.

Tasty Team
January 08, 2020
57% would make again

Under 30 minutes

Under 30 minutes


for 30 servings

  • 1 piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced 4 in (10 cm)
  • 12 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 tablespoons whole black peppercorn
  • 2 jalapeñoes, halved lengthwise
  • 2 habanero peppers, halved lengthwise
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 navel orange, unpeeled and cut into 1-inch (2 1/2 cm) pieces
  • 2 lemons, unpeeled and cut into ½-inch (1 1/4 cm) pieces
  • 1 gala apple, unpeeled and cut into ¼-inch (6 mm) pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons honey, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar (240 mL)

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 19
  • Fat 0g
  • Carbs 4g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Sugar 2g
  • Protein 0g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Add the ginger and garlic to a 64-ounce mason jar or 2 32-ounce jars. Use the back of a wooden spoon or a muddler to smash the ingredients in the bottom of the jar.
  2. Add the cinnamon sticks, jalapeños, habaneros, and rosemary sprigs.
  3. Add the orange, lemon, apple, and onion, muddling between each addition.
  4. Add the honey and apple cider vinegar.
  5. Place a piece of parchment paper between the jar and the lid to prevent any rust or corrosion from forming on the lid from contact with the vinegar. Close the jar tightly, then shake well to combine the ingredients.
  6. Store the jar in a cool, dry place for at least 3 weeks, up to 6 weeks while the tonic ferments. The longer you allow the tonic to ferment, the spicier it will be.
  7. After fermenting, strain the contents of the jar to remove the solids. Transfer the liquid to a clean jar and add more honey to taste.
  8. Store the tonic in the refrigerator, tightly sealed, for up to 1 month.
  9. To serve, consume 1-2 tablespoons of the tonic on its own, or mix with sparkling water or tea.
  10. Enjoy!
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