As a huge fan of both frozen desserts and not getting the flu, I was pretty excited to hear about a new flavor from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams called “Influenza Sorbet.” A combination of Maker’s Mark bourbon, ginger, orange and lemon juices, honey and cayenne pepper, the treat does not sound particularly appealing to me in regards to its ingredients, but I can imagine that it may be quite soothing to a sore throat. Plus, it has a little dose of pectin — found in cough drops — which likely assists in helping people feel better during flu season.
“I’ve had people tell me it’s the only thing that makes them feel better. It actually does have a physical effect,” says owner Jeni Britton Bauer. She says that the Influenza Sorbet’s creation was inspired by a drink her grandmother used to make her when she was sick. I recall my own mother putting lots of lemon juice and honey into drinks for me as a kid when I couldn’t breathe or stop coughing due to sickness, so I would certainly be willing to try this particular dessert if offered to me. Plus, bourbon tends to help quite a few ailments — flu-related and otherwise — so it could just be a fun flavor, in general.
“It is really delicious,” she said to ABC News. “The cayenne doesn’t have flavor, it just has the kick, the physical property of the heat, and then all of the other ingredients are just so perfect together. You can just imagine it as a cocktail. A whiskey sour plus ginger.”
Apparently, a whole lot of people agree: after the state of New York declared this flu season a public health emergency, Bauer says orders have increased dramatically. Of course, it’s not a cure, so I wouldn’t jump onto the bandwagon if you’re looking for medicine. But if you’re still interested in trying it, Influenza Sorbet is available for purchase at stores in Ohio (where the company is based) and Tennessee, as well as online for $12 a pint.
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