Fight Flu with this Flu Beater Martini

Fight Flu with this Flu Beater Martini

Are you looking to fight the flu? Basswood Honey is also known as American Basswood and Linden Basswood. Known for healing attributes in Chinese, European, and folk remedies, Basswood Honey has many applications. It may be used for treating colds and fevers, acting as a diaphoretic effective for lowering fever and helping resolve a cold or flu. If you feel a cold or flu setting in, try this honey or if you are of-age, this flu-beater martini as adapted from the martini book by Sally Ann Berk. Getting the flu is no fun; this martini may make getting over the flu painless.

How to Make Flu Beater Martini

  • Chill your favorite martini glass in the freezer or ice bin
chilled martini glass on kitchen counter
  • Gather herbs and line the bottom of a cocktail shaker with them
close up of a bunch of herbs and thumb
  • Measure ingredients and make BeauTea, which contains turmeric tea to make simple syrup
pouring water into a mug
  • Make the syrup with just 1 part honey to 1 part warm BeauTea, made with turmeric tea
Adding turmeric tea into cocktail shaker
  • Add the syrup and muddle the lavender buds, mint, rosemary, and eucalyptus, and lemon
muddling cocktail in cocktail shaker
  • Add ice and shake together. Serve with a lemon wedge or lemon and herb garnish to your preference
lemon swirl and fresh mint garnish

*Buckwheat Honey is our best alternative suggestion if Basswood is out of stock.

Fight Flu with this Martini

Combine vodkas and honey simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with cracked ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Drink and go straight to bed.

When fighting the flu, it's always best to drink plenty of water, followed by lots of rest; never forget to breathe in the steam and take it easy until you feel better. If you are looking for other ways to fight the flu, try reading this: Coping with flu.

What concoction do you make to fight the flu? Suppose you decide to make this flu beater martini, any variation we’ve suggested, or your take. Why not share a photo with us using #beeinspired on Instagram? We love seeing your photos!

martini sits on a glass table next to a jar of linden basswood honey
Linden/Basswood honey with a martini

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Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learning about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more. Read more about Kara