Boiled Coke with Ginger and Lemon:"Ancient Chinese Cold Remedy Recipe"
1 Can of Coke
1/2 a Lemon
1 inch of Ginger
Apparently Coke works best as it’s still made with sugar in China, rather than the corn syrup used elsewhere. The ginger is most likely the active ingredient as it alleviates the symptoms of a cold, but the phosphoric acid in a (flat) Coke is apparently good for digestion and stimulates the appetite.
The elixir is made by gently boiling cola in a pan and adding thinly sliced or crushed ginger. The ginger rises to the surface and fizzes in the simmering liquid, then the first hint of the sinus clearing aroma rapidly fills the room. After a few minutes of infusing the flavour it’s poured into a mug and optionally a couple of lemon slices added for Vitamin C.
It should be drunk hot, to get the double burning sensation of the heat and the ginger. This has an immediate effect on a sore throat whilst the fumes loosen a blocked nose. The caffeine in the Coke reawakens the senses and the ginger warms the whole body from the inside.