A Drink for Sore Throats

I don't get a sore throat often and I rarely ever get a flu or a cold (thankfully). However when I do, it often affects my throat so that when I swallow any liquid or food it feels like I am swallowing tiny bits of sanding paper. So this one time, when my throat was aching I needed something to sooth it, and fast. I came up with this lovely drink which I have made ever since for both me and my husband. I even make it sometimes even though my throat is fine as it is very nice. I don't like cough remedies as they are full of weird stuff and when I don't understand the ingredients, I don't expect my body to either. This drink is both refreshing and soothing and when I have a bad cold as well, I often pop fresh ginger into it.

My favourite remedy when I have a sore throat

This recipe is:

  • Egg free
  • Gluten free
  • Lactose (dairy) free
  • Nut free
  • Vegan

A Drink for Sore Throats

Serves 1-2 people


  • 300 millilitres (10 fluid oz) water
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar (or acacia honey)


  1. Place the 300 millilitres water in a small saucepan along with the 2 tablespoons agave nectar.
  2. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the 2 cloves and 1 cinnamon stick and allow to simmer with the lid on for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the cloves and the cinnamon stick and discard.
  5. Add the 3-4 tablespoons lemon juice.
  6. Serve warm.


  • Add a small piece of fresh ginger for an even more refreshing drink.
  • I sometimes add a couple of tablespoons orange juice into the drink.
  • You can use maple syrup instead of the agave nectar or acacia honey.
  • You can use any type of honey you prefer. I prefer the acacia honey.