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A Real Hangover and Cold Cure

Some of us have awakened this last morning of the holiday break feeling less than stellar– thanks to unhappily timed cold or flu or too much fun had Saturday night. In our house, we reclaim our day with a mug of soul-soothing spicy garlic broth.

The hands-on cooking time is minimal. Since overindulgence is so often paired with a large bird-centric meal, the ingredients may be on-hand– perfect for post-Thanksgiving. I always keep gallon plastic bags in the freezer for accumulating bones and onion, celery, mushroom and carrot trimmings for broth in a pinch if not.

Even when the thought of food makes the stomach turn, a delicious, aromatic broth is easy to get down and nourishing. Plus, spicy garlic broth is rich with healing properties. Cayenne pepper clears the sinuses and soothes a roiling stomach. Garlic boosts the immune system and acts as an antiviral and antibacterial.

Spicy Garlic Broth

To make this with fresh poultry instead of bones, brown several pieces of skin-on, bone-in dark meat, then add the onions and proceed as below. The meat can be reserved for tacos or soup.

1 T fat or oil

1 onion, skin-on, coarsely chopped

Bones of 1 cooked chicken, duck, goose or turkey


2 ribs celery, in 1-inch lengths

2 carrots, in 1-inch lengths (halved lengthwise if large)

A few Thai chilies (optional)

10 peppercorns

10 cloves garlic, crushed

1 t to 1 T cayenne pepper

1. In a medium saucepan, heat the fat over medium-high, then add the onions. When they’re slightly brown, add the bones and sprinkle generously with salt. Cover and lower the heat to medium-low to let them sweat for 10 minutes.

2, Add the remaining vegetables, the peppercorns, and enough water to cover. Simmer, partially covered on low for 45 minutes to an hour, skimming any foam or fat.

3. Strain into a clean saucier or saucepan. Discard the solids. Add the garlic and plenty of cayenne. Simmer over medium-low for 5 minutes. Adjust the seasoning.

4. Serve in a mug and enjoy the rest of the day! (Follow with a brisk walk and hot shower as necessary.)

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  1. Angi @ SchneiderPeeps Angi @ SchneiderPeeps
    January 7, 2015    

    Wow! That sounds like it would clean anything out!

    • January 7, 2015    

      It’s true– good for everything, including just warming up on a cold day. Yum!

  2. January 12, 2015    

    Yay! Thank you for posting this. I have been looking for a good cold remedy recipe using garlic. My sister-in-law tried to give me raw garlic with honey for my cold and I had the bright idea that it might taste better on bread… it DID NOT! BLECH! I know raw garlic is best but I just can’t stomach it. My whole little family is sick now so maybe we’ll try this out.

    • January 12, 2015    

      LOL raw garlic with honey sounds, as my husband would say…healthy! I’m sorry to hear you’re all sick, and I hope this helps! It definitely saved us today. It’s so tasty and soothing, we couldn’t live without it. Feel better!

  3. July 17, 2015    

    At this moment I am going to do my breakfast,
    later than having my breakfast coming over again to read more news.

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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