Winter means many things in Dubai: alfresco dining; laying on the beach; pumpkin spice and gingerbread lattes; red, green and gold; BBQs; the annual stollen charity sale; the food truck jam; winter markets; lots of friends, lots of family and lots of joy. Unfortunately for me, it also means getting a cold more often than anyone would like to, and that’s just the biggest killjoy ever.
I don’t believe in flu shots, so I’ve got a pretty standard drill on how to combat a cold. 1. Antihistamines 2. Plenty of rest 3. Plenty of Vitamin C and 4. PLENTY of ginger. Said ginger could be in the form of a warm chicken soup, ginger tea, or in the form of refreshing fresh ginger juice.
I get my ginger fix either by making ginger ribbons with a vegetable peeler and adding them to boiling water to make ginger tea; or I have soup that was heavily spiked with ginger; or I would stop by a Pulp Juice Bar wherever I could and get myself a ginger shot. It burns on it’s way down in a way that you just know is fixing the damage done to your esophagus.
Here’s the recipe to my super simple but super effective Cold-fighting juice. It yields about four tall glasses.
Fighting The Cold with Ginger juice
- 3 stalks of celery
- 4 carrots
- 1 pineapple (I had no pineapple during the photography for this post)
- 2 green apples
- Ginger......about the size of a 4 year old's hand.
- Chop the ingredients into small enough pieces big enough to fit the feed-tube of your juicer.
- Let your husband clean the juicer once you’re done (preferably sooner rather than later).
- Enjoy the fruits of your labor and guzzle down that ginger juice like a golden fire that will burn away all the misery of the wrath of the itchy and scratchy throat.