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


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!"