If you’re looking for a fragrant cooler with that little extra something, this just might be the dream combination you’ve been after. Made with fresh honeysuckle flowers (yes, you’ll find it IS worth the effort) combined with ginger, citrus, licorice and honey, this is a delicately spiced treat for any special occasion. On top of that, it just might help you get through the cold and flu season unscathed.
Fighting off a virus? This tea may help
Your head’s throbbing; your throat is sore. As for your nose; well it’s unmentionable. When you’re about to be knocked sideways by an unavoidable virus, where do you turn? Don’t go heading for the drugstore for something that tastes bad and makes you feel like a character in a zombie series. Instead try this delicious all-natural iced tea as a cold and flu remedy. It will help make everything feel better and might even stop your symptoms developing into something more serious.
And hey, did we mention that our Honeysuckle Ginger Citrus Iced Tea tastes great too? Whether or not you’re under the weather this fragrant cooler brings you a burst of summer garden goodness in a tall glass! We think this one’s a winner!
A trusty trio with added summertime goodness
Honey, lemon and ginger have been staple ingredients in cold-cure drinks for generations. Here we add to this tried and trusted trio an ingredient which is storming its way into the health headlines. Could the humble honeysuckle become a 21st century weapon in the fight against viruses? It’s time to take a look at why we think we’ve found your new go-to cold and ‘flu remedy.
Heath Benefits of Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle, also known as Woodbine or Goat’s Leaf is a member of the Lonicera family. The golden/pink flowers have a strong vanilla scent and the sweet nectar attracts hummingbirds, bees and other wildlife to the garden. But honeysuckle is so much more than just a pretty flower. Did you know that it also turns out to have some pretty awesome health benefits? Let’s take a look.
If you visit your doctor complaining of the ‘flu, the chances are they’ll send you away with nothing but advice to keep warm, drink lots of hot drinks and take it easy for the next few days. Your doc will know that antibiotics are no good treating viral infections. But in traditional Chinese medicine, honeysuckle has been used as a cold and ‘flu treatment for thousands of years . Might 21st century research be ready to unlock the truth behind the folklore?
An exciting study , published in 2014 found that mice fed a soup containing the MIR2911 molecule, extracted from honeysuckle, were able to fight viral infections effectively. More research is needed but there are hopes that honeysuckle, hailed  by scientists as anti-viral “penicillin” might just be a way forward in treating not just colds, but also avian, swine and Spanish ‘flu, as well as other serious viral infections. Wow!
Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
Extracts from the Japanese honeysuckle flower have been found  to contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents. So the boiled flower leaves in this iced tea might help soothe those aches and pains away as well as helping to build your immunity against nasty infections in the air around you.
Ginger Spice for that extra Lift
Love the sweet, spicy fragrance of ginger? We’re not just using a ginger-based tea here because it smells and tastes so good (although it does!). This close relative of turmeric has been used for thousands of years to fight colds and ‘flu and to treat digestive problems.
Ginger is a proven antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
They think  this is because of gingerol – the active compound found in the ginger root. The anti-inflammatory effects of gingerol might help reduce those aches and pains that often go hand-in-hand with viral infections.
Ginger to soothe your gut
Ginger has been used since the ancient times in Chinese, Ayurverdic and European Folk medicine to treat nausea, vomiting and other digestive difficulties. Researchers are now able to explain why ginger helps the gut  and they’re even thinking it may help protect against Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria which can grow in the gut lining and cause stomach ulcers.
Citrus Peel and Licorice Root
The ginger tea used as a base for this awesome cooler has delicious back notes of citrus peel and licorice root. Citrus peel is packed full of vitamins and minerals and has a way of bringing together the tastes of the other fabulous ingredients in this tea. Sweet, warming licorice has been shown  to be an anti-microbial and anti-viral agent. Some people find that it can even help relieve stress. Sounds pretty good huh?
Soothing Sweet Honey
Honey is the ideal sweetener for this tasty iced tea. It’s been used in folk medicine to treat sore throats and colds for centuries. Although it’s not now recommended to give honey to infants under 12 months old, there is evidence  that honey can help treat symptoms of colds and flu. As a wholesome, natural sweetener it’s hard to beat.
Before you take your first sip, take a moment to inhale the sweet fragrance of this awesome iced tea. Close your eyes and really concentrate on the heady aroma. The soothing, spicy ginger might awaken memories of Christmas and warm cakes. But ginger won’t be the only scent cheering up your senses. The sweet, summery notes of honeysuckle bring a punch of floral goodness. Aaaaaaah! That’s good!
As for the taste, you’ll love the way the carefully selected ingredients work together to bring you a cooler that’s spicy yet sweet, soothing and punchy all at the same time. This delicious iced tea can be enjoyed throughout the day but we like it best as an afternoon pick-me-up. We’re pretty sure you’re going to love it too.
- 2-3 cups of Honeysuckle flowers
- 2 cups water
- 2 sachets Pique Ginger Digestion Elixir
- Ice cubes
Rinse flowers with cold water.
Remove the green bulb at the bottom of the flowers if it is still there. Do not pull out the stamen.
In a large pot, boil 2 cups of water.
Once the water is at a full boil, turn off the heat and put the flowers in the water.
Stir the flowers gently and place a lid on your pot. Allow the flowers to steep for at least one hour. For a stronger flavor, steep for a few more hours.
Strain the honeysuckle flowers out of the water to remove all of the flower petals and allow to cool.
Add 2 sachets of Pique Ginger Digestion Elixir into the mixture and mix.
Fill a large glass with ice. Pour the honeysuckle water over the ice. Adjust taste by adding water if too strong.