Sorbet To Fight The Flu?
As America struggles to fight off the worst flu epidemic in a decade, one small business is offering a unique home remedy: Influenza Sorbet. The soothing treat—created by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams—combines old family flu secrets Maker’s Mark bourbon, lemon and cayenne pepper to create a bold new flavor that is quickly catching on among sniffling, aching customers.
“I’ve had people tell me it’s the only thing that makes them feel better,” owner Jenni Britton Bauer told the New York Post. “It actually does have a physical effect.”
Most of the ingredients may merely ease sore throats and stuffy noses, but the secret ingredient—pectin—is actually the same element found in many cough drops.
“It coats your throat,” Bauer said. “It’s just what people need.”
But the sweet treat definitely doesn’t taste like medicine. Bauer told the Post the flavor is reminiscent of a whiskey sour with a spicy kick. Jeni’s actually created the Influenza Sorbet back in 2004, but didn’t mass market the concoction because Bauer didn’t think it was marketable. Instead, she sold the treatment from a bottom shelf of her Ohio-based shop where her regular customers purchased it when they became ill. But when this year’s epidemic hit, she decided to share her recipe on a national level. Customers can now buy the Influenza Sorbet online and Jenni’s will deliver it packed in dry ice.
“It’s not a miracle,” Bauer told the Post. “It’s an in-home remedy—like chicken soup.”
I want more stuff like this!