Drink to Your Health
Prevent Swine Flu, One Drink at a Time
With the Swine Flu being reported at epidemic levels and vaccines running dry, it's critical that you not
panic. And, while we don't consider ourselves officially licensed pharmacists, we are recommending something
that may just save your winter. It's called The Flu Menu and it's being served at that mainstay of
good health known as Drop Off Service. (Note: also a bar.) Yes, this changes everything…
Cold-Eeze and Brandy
Active ingredients: Cold-Eeze lozenges, honey Inactive ingredients: honey-pepper vodka, Benedictine and brandy Clinical trials: A reserve of honey for Halloween-inflicted throat ailments, and a pepper
bite to make you forget you're swilling Cold-Eeze. This is the medicine and the spoonful-of-sugar in one
Active ingredients: Airborne, echinacea Inactive ingredients: garlic-infused honey, ginger-lemon puree, jalapeño-infused
tequila Clinical trials: While the health benefits of Airborne and echinacea may be disputed by
Western naysayers, our laboratory tests have found a direct correlation between tequila shots and elevated
states of healthfulness.
The Chicken Soup Cocktail
Active ingredients: organic chicken broth, ramen noodles Inactive ingredients: jalapeño-infused tequila, cilantro, garlic cloves Clinical trials: We wouldn't normally recommend combining our soup and spirits, but these
trying times call for critical advances in the cocktail sciences. And if those advances involve ramen and
chicken broth, so be it.
The Pomegranate Emergen-C Martini
Active ingredient: pomegranate Emergen-C Inactive ingredients: pomegranate-infused vodka, pomegranate liqueur, lime, pomegranate
seeds Clinical trials: Its candy color and potent sweetness might set off your Cosmo siren, but
the inhuman levels of vitamin C are integral for your well-being. That and vodka.
The Ginger-Airborne Hot Toddy
Active ingredients: echinacea, Airborne Inactive ingredients: whiskey, ginger, honey, lemon, ginger rock candy Clinical trials: The go-to cocktail for sick people in need of booze now has the potential
to fend off actual colds. Or at least it gives you an excuse to eat candy on a stick.
Ricola Whiskey Soda
Active ingredient: Ricola cough drops Inactive ingredients: Benedictine and brandy, soda, Fernet, orange wedge Clinical trials: Something like an herbal whiskey soda, the Ricola chaser will help remind
you that this is about your health. In trying times like these, we can't ignore the placebo effect.
411: Flu Menu, available
now at Drop Off Service, 211 Avenue A, 212-260-2914