Would you like a side of sorbet for your flu? It’s true, one company in Ohio is making a new flavor called “Influenza Sorbet” to help soothe flu symptoms.
While it’s not going to cure you, it will sure help you get through the flu symptoms. How is that possible you might ask, well Jeni Britton Bauer, the company’s founder and president says that it’s all in the ingredients.
The Influenza Sorbet contains honey, ginger, orange juice and lemon juice. And if that weren’t enough, it also has Maker’s Mark bourbon and cayenne pepper.
“My mother and grandmother made something very similar to that as a drink when I was a kid, even with the whiskey,” Bauer said. “Whiskey, honey and lemon juice and that was our cough medicine and they would thin it out and make it into a hot drink.”
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream website states: “This is our flu-season fix. It’s proven to clear nasal passages, ease a sore throat, and soothe the body. It’s modeled on the home remedy my mother and grandmother made when anyone in the family was under the weather. Sniffles, aches, and fevers meant one thing: a mug of hot whiskey with honey and lemon juice, then straight to bed.”
The sorbet also contains pectin, which coats the throat. The honey lubricates the throat and the cayenne pepper helps clear the nasal passages, she added.
The result is a product that soothes irritated throats and relieves scratchiness, helping suffers get needed sleep, she said.
“It is really delicious,” she says. “The cayenne doesn’t have flavor, it just has the kick, the physical property of the heat, and then all of the other ingredients are just so perfect together. You can just imagine it as a cocktail. A whiskey sour plus ginger. All those things go together so well and it really tastes great,” Bauer said.
Influenza Sorbet will be available through February and into March. The so-called-dessert sells for $12 a pint and is sold at all Jeni’s stores in Columbus, Cleveland and Nashville, and also on the company’s website.