Getting a Cold? Take a Shot of This.

You know when you get that teeny tiny sore in your throat and you know…it’s coming?  Next, a little fogginess, your head feels hot, your body aches just a bit more.

Then BAM!  You sneeze and there it is:  a sh*tty, full blown cold.

About a month ago I felt exactly that, just as I arrived at my coach, Marie Forleo‘s RHH Live event in NYC.  Being the nerd that I am, I refused to let a cold keep me from being alert, meeting new friends, and taking awesome notes in my handy little embossed Moleskin notebook.

Discovery of Amazing Cold-Killing Juice

So I hightailed it to Organic Avenue and bought a couple of bottles of the “Dragon’s Breath” – a potent little concoction of fresh ginger juice, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper.  YIKES.

It’s like a kick in the face, but an awesome one that stops you from getting sick.  I kicked back a shot before I went out that night and another the next morning – no more sore throat.

The next afternoon, I felt a bit of the sniffles coming on again.  Another shot of Dragon’s Breath later, no problem.  Amazing.

The Lazy-Proof Homemade Version

The following week my husband and my sister were both coming down with a cold so I whipped them up my own version and they felt better instantly.  We now keep a little jar in the fridge so if anyone feels “off” they can shoot it back (or dilute it in a glass of water if they’re being a baby).

So, want to stop your cold in it’s tracks too?  You can make it at home!  Check out the video to see how it’s done:



2 inches fresh ginger root, peeled
juice of 4-5 lemons
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper


(If you have a juicer, you can juice the ginger root. I’m too lazy to assemble or clean my juicer so I made it in the blender.)

1. Put ginger root, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper in blender.
2. Blend!
3. Strain juice through a wire mesh strainer to keep out all the ginger bits.
4. Shoot it back or dilute a few tablespoons in a glass of water and sip. Keep any leftover juice in an airtight container in the fridge.

Try it please and tell me how you feel.

Have your own magic potion that you rely on when you get sick?  Do tell…


  • Will says:

    Great recipe!

    I actually did a variation of this last week when my daughter was coughing a lot and I started to feel a sore throat coming on. I think I used some organic raw apple cider vinegar (Bragg’s), juice from a lemon, a little honey, and some cayenne pepper. I didn’t get sick, so I guess it worked, but I definitely will add in the ginger because I know it’s great too.

    As an aside:
    I read at the time that 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar + 1/2 teaspoon honey mixed together could effectively suppress a cough, so I did that a few times for my daughter – morning, afternoon, night, morning – (she had been coughing so much it was hurting her throat and she got really upset about it) and each time it worked well to stop the cough each time and it was gone within about 2 days. She’s 3 and a half and didn’t love the taste and at first it was a struggle to get her to take it, but she liked the result so it was easier after the first time!

  • Jonathan Woods says:

    Sounds like a wonderful cocktail too with a wee drop of vodka. One tech thought for you – the rather abrupt bright light/fade out edits in the video are pretty distracting from your message. Had not noticed this film technique before in your videos. It is a bit jarring – at least to me.

    – Jonathan

    • Erica says:

      I have to agree with the above comment. Idea amazing – video a little jumpy. I am a fan and watch a lot of your videos. Never noticed that before. Keep up the good work…you rock!

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