Food FYI: Influenza Sorbet -- with bourbon, cayenne, lemon and honey


Boozy ice cream for when you have the flu? Ohio-based small-batch ice cream maker Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is making the news this flu season with one of its most popular winter flavors -- Influenza Sorbet, made with honey, ginger, orange and lemon juices, Maker’s Mark bourbon and cayenne pepper.

Influenza Sorbet is no flu cure, but owner Jeni Britton Bauer told ABC News that the ice cream flavor inspired by a drink her grandmother made for her as a kid (which also included the whiskey) is intended to make you feel better. She notes that the sorbet contains pectin (also found in cough drops) to help coat and lubricate the throat.

The sorbet is available through February (January and February are flu season -- and this one’s a “particularly severe” flu season, according to the Food and Drug Administration) and into March at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream stores in Ohio and Tennessee, as well as online. It costs $12 a pint.


How’s it taste? Like a whiskey sour with a spicy kick.


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