When I was growing up there was one absolute after 8pm every night when I was at my grandmother’s house.
Cinnamon toast and tales from the crypt reruns.
After the chaos settled, my uncles had left for the night, grandpa had shuffled off to bed, it was just grandma and me. She would make my nightly snack, which often consisted of her simple, but incredible cinnamon toast. Good, sturdy white bread, real butter, and just the perfect amount of cinnamon and sugar. I would wait until the butter would fully melt and the sugar and cinnamon would dissolve into a brown sugary paste. The edges of the browned toast would be crispy, and the middle would be a glorious soggy treat. I would drag my finger across the top, feeling the glorious gritty texture. Then triumphantly lick my fingers.
That toast meant comfort. Right now, thinking about it is so familiar. I would nosh on my toast, and grandma and I would laugh maniacally in the quiet of the night at the flickering television screen.
That toast always made me feel better. No matter what had happened that day, if I was sick, or feeling a little down, that toast was my healer in a sense. Not sure if it was because of the heap of cinnamon, or the fact that I was 8 years old and basically eating sugar bread.
Either way, cinnamon has always been a constant in my life.
As I have aged (aged, as if I am 400 years old), that sugary toast I once was in love with, is no longer a part of my diet. As a weird replacement, I drink this cinnamon concoction that I have dubbed “Allie’s Elixir”.
If you want to kick a cold’s ass in less than 24 hours, you drink this warm, controversial drink. Which has been so lovingly dubbed "stinky vinegar drink" by my boyfriend. If you want to soothe your fiery throat in the dead of winter, but hate vinegar; you will plug your nose and feel the burn dissipate. If you want to know your cinnamon is living up to its potential as a supplement you will sip this concoction.
I personally like the taste, but I also love kombucha, which is basically a carbonated vinegar drink. But according to Jake I like a lot of “weird, gross healthy shit”. Direct quote.
The reason this drink is so important is that the health benefits are untouchable. I drink at least two of these a week as a preventative, and when I keep it up, I avoid the colds that invade my day job on the regular.
There are endless benefits to this concoction, but I am going to pick a few for each ingredient:
1. Cinnamon: Contains phytochemicals that have antimicrobial compounds that stop the growth of bacteria and fungi. Natural healthy gut ingredient, so if you have tummy issues, start bumping up your cinnamon intake! Also, the powerhouse spice has anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve pain, joint stiffness, etc.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar *with mother strain*: While extremely stinky, and sour, ACV is pretty much the world’s gift of natural health. This fermented drink fights off toxins in the body, prohibits bacteria growth, and can even help manage your blood sugar!
3. Raw honey: This delicious, natural sweetener is rich in antioxidants, and some studies suggest that raw honey can lend a hand in antibody production during immune responses to some nasty invaders.
The above information is from one of my favorite books of all time, “The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth” by Jonny Bowden. He goes in depth on the above ingredients and many more. I generally refer to this book as my “bible”, which always receives an eye roll or two from Jake. Jonny has incredible study references and little facts, and every time I pick up that book I learn something new. If you are like me, and love to learn about what you put in your body, I highly recommend purchasing his book.
It is important to note, that I only use Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Ceylon cinnamon, and raw honey, for my supplements since the quality is much different than their generic substitutes. To read about why I use only Ceylon cinnamon, click here. It is my feature post on cinnamon and explains the difference between Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon.
I have been using Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar for probably six years now. I think the taste is incomparable to its counterpart, normal filtered apple cider vinegar. Bragg’s is unfiltered, naturally fermented, which means that all its nutrients are intact. If you do not have a vinegar with the “mother strain” (this gross cloudy junk that occurs as a part of the natural fermentation process), you run the risk of drinking/cooking with a distilled vinegar that has absolutely no benefits. This is because companies heat the vinegar to the point that most of the essential acids evaporate.
Raw honey is a given, it is the purest form of the liquid gold, and basically, the same thing happens, if you heat honey too much, the essential nutrients are all burned away. So, make sure you are purchasing beautiful, raw honey for supplements to ensure you receive all the nutritional benefits!
If you are afraid of the vinegar taste, please start with a small amount, maybe like a teaspoon, or half a tablespoon? You can also squeeze some lemon in, or bump up the honey to compensate. I used to drink a tablespoon of just plain vinegar when I first started supplementing with it, because I read on some insane website that the easiest way was to basically do an apple cider vinegar shot because it was the quickest way to get the junk down. I almost threw up. Evil bastards.
I always get questioned with how Jake and I fight off colds, because we rarely get the normal fall/winter colds. Well this is the answer kittens! Even though Jake hates it, I mean HATES it, he admits that if he drinks this any time he feels sickness starting, it does the best job on warding off the bacterial invaders.
Best part of Allie’s Elixir? It is a natural remedy that has a high success rate. And if you put it in a cauldron mug (which I do in fact own), you can feel like a wizard, putting a spell on those nasty germs.
My go to cold killer! While the cider taste isn't for everyone, I have had several people in my life try this magical mug and it has an amazing success rate of kicking the common cold, or sore throat's ass! Cinnamon and apple cider vinegar are the main powerhouses, working together in harmony for optimum health.
Prep time: 0 minutes
Cook time: As long as it takes to heat water
Total time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 mugful
Calories per serving: 72
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon (depending on your taste)
- 12 ounces water
- Mix honey, cinnamon, and apple cider vinegar together in a pot.
- Add water, stir until combined, bring water temp up to hot, just until you see bubbles form.
- Pour in large mug, stir, and DRINK. The mixture will settle as it sits, don't flip out, just stir again, and finish until the last drop.
- Feel the health flow through your body.