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Garlic flu thingy

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This is so delicious that I'm waiting for flu season to arrive.


1 large clove of garlic, sliced thinly
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice

mix in the bottom of a mug, add boiling water, wait until it's drinkably hot, drink.

This is so tasty that you immediately go on to make another mugful.
If you use more lemon juice it's too sour, so you add more honey which makes it too sweet, so you add more boiling water... but really, the basic recipe is just great. The basic recipe also specifies that you should stay in bed after drinking this; it's for the very first signs of flu.

You can chew up the garlic slices, but I usually leave them in the mug; they do have a very strong taste.

There are fridge storage variants on the theme, ("take the cloves of 1 garlic, the juice of 1 lemon, and 300-500 g honey; crush up the peeled garlic cloves, mix with the rest, leave in the fridge"). But while the stored variants are easier to use ("add 1 tablespoon to a mugful of boiling water"), they taste disgustingly of old garlic.

So I'm not using any stored-up garlic-lemony honey.

It's not really necessary to always keep lemons on hand, either: leftover juice from your previous lemon can be frozen in icecube trays.

Or just buy one of those pretty plastic lemon juice lemons before flu season starts, and keep it unopened in the fridge. It'll keep almost forever, or until you open the lid.