The best way to kick your flu to the curb? (No, the answer is not tea.) Feel revived and refreshed by incorporating raw flu-fighting ingredients and fresh flavors into your breakfast cocktails. Franco Noriega, chef and owner of NYC’s Baby Brasa (you may recognize him from his half-naked cooking demos on YouTube), has crafted an anti-cold cocktail that might not heal you of all your symptoms medically speaking, but it will surely help you forget about them for a spell. A favorite recipe of Noriega’s, the "Spicy Tropic"—a.k.a. cocktail for a cold—mixes tequila with ginger, lime, fresh pineapple, and cayenne pepper, for a libation that'll bring the sinus-clearing heat. The fruitiness will mentally transport you to a beach far, far away, while the ginger and spice ease your throat and help you sweat your way to feeling better.Spicy Tropic

Teresa Sabga
Recipe by Extra Crispy


Credit: Photos by Franco Noriega

Recipe Summary

5 mins
1 serving


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine tequila, ginger, juice of half a lime, pineapple bites, and a splash of ginger ale in a rocks glass with ice and stir.

  • Top with a pinch of cayenne pepper.

  • Garnish with lime wheel and candied ginger.

  • Now, knock it back and say "Ahhhhh!"