Spicy immunity tea

We are back in Sydney and I’ve been attacked by the *wonderful* flu to ease my transition home. It was inevitable really; a 24 hour flight encased with sniffling passengers, spending the past week alternating between shivering in my spring jacket in snowy mountains in the Dolomites and a balmy 29°C over the weekend in Sydney, and eating a diet of mainly pizza, pasta, red wine and gelato.


Grand Canal, Venice


Canals of Venice


Afternoon sun


View from La Guidecca

As I sit feeling sorry for myself with my box of tissues, this week I bring you a short post with a recipe for an immunity building hot drink (which will probably be useful anyway, in this Sydney torrential rain), interspersed with numerous photos of Venice. This brings me, in turn, to a case of the post-holiday blues.


Gondolas on the Grand Canal


Morning sun


Piazza San Marco


The locals

I often make this drink when I’m feeling run down.  I don’t always brew the “tea” with liquorice root, but I enjoy its sweet-aniseedy flavour and it is supposed to have the added benefit of being immunity enhancing with anti-inflammatory properties. If you don’t make the drink with liquorice root tea, then add some extra honey for sweetness.


Transportation via canals


Springtime gardening




Spicy immunity tea with ginger, cayenne, lemon and honey


  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • A small pinch (less than 1/8 teaspoon) cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cm ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 1 liquorice root teabag (optional)*
  • 350mL boiled water
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1-2 teaspoons raw honey*


  1. While you are boiling the kettle for the tea, add the turmeric, cayenne pepper and grated ginger to a large mug or glass. Be careful with the cayenne pepper, a little goes a long way.
  2. Add boiling water (and if using, the liquorice root teabag), stir and let steep for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add lemon juice and honey and stir.  Add more honey, if desired.

*Note: The liquorice root tea is optional.  If you do not use the tea, then add a 1-2 tablespoons of honey for sweetness, depending on taste.


Spicy immunity tea thumbnail image A warming hot drink to help keep away the flu 30min

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