January 12, 2012

Cure for the common cold: mint tea with orange juice

As a kid, whenever I was sick, my mom made me my favorite drink -- mint tea with orange juice.

Weird. I know. I'm not sure if it's a European thing, a Polish thing, or if it's just something my parents made up, but it's delicious and it really works. I'm currently nursing a cold and I just drank an entire pot of the stuff -- and yes, I feel a million times better.* (Not to mention, super hydrated.)

If you want to try this crazy Strzelczyk-family concoction, steep some mint tea as normal and then add a splash of OJ -- just like you'd add a splash of milk to your coffee. As I kid, I also put a teaspoon of sugar in it but I usually omit that these days since I think it's plenty sweet.

What are some weird but awesome things you're crave from your childhood when your sick?

*It may all just be in my head but whatever. I'm no longer miserable.


  1. Wow. That sounds...interesting. I might have to try it though, I love mint tea and OJ. When I was younger i used to love warm ginger ale. Not tepid, but warmed from the microwave. Yummy!

    1. Interesting! Kids are so weird. ... actually I blame the parents for giving us this weird stuff.

      Do you still like warm ginger ale??

  2. I love mint tea as well. I also tried making my own home remedy for cold and severe sore throat. I usually make a ginger tea with honey or lemon to make the taste even better. It's good in providing a soothing relief.