Spring Citrus Elixir

I’ve never been in a bar fight but I imagine the aftermath feels pretty similar to a sinus infection.  Achy cheekbones, a tight jaw and sore eyes, are just a few characteristics many allergy sufferers experience seasonally. Since Spring is nearly here, I thought I would share this little gem of a beverage to help ease your pain. This lovely libation contains anti-inflammatory properties naturally found in pineapple juice and ginger and also provides a serious punch of vitamin C. Throw in the addition of fresh jalapenos to clear passageways and “eureka!”, we’ve got a cure for whatever ails you. Though originally formulated to help clear our sinuses, the husband and I loved it so much, we thought the next time we imbibed, the addition of Tequila or Whiskey might just make this drink absolutely superb.  Cheers!


Title: Spring Citrus Elixir Author: Doughmamma Prep time:  15 mins Total time:  15 mins Serves: 2 Notes: Use organic ingredients whenever possible, especially when utilizing the zest. Natural pineapple juice can be found at your local health food store and has better benefits than juice from concentrate.


  • 16 oz pineapple juice, not from concentrate
  • 2 navel oranges
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 piece of fresh ginger, enough for 4 tbsp
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced and seeds removed
  • 1 lime, optional garnish


  1. Cut the oranges and lemons in half. Squeeze the juice into a fine-mesh sieve over a medium bowl or pitcher. Set aside.
  2. Zest the lemons and oranges. Place 1 tsp of lemon zest and 1 tsp of orange zest in the juice pitcher. You will have extra zest, you can wrap the rest in plastic wrap and save for a few days.
  3. Peel the ginger and zest. Add 4 Tbsp of ginger zest to the juices.
  4. Thinly slice the jalapeno, removing the seeds. Add about 4 slices to the pitcher. You can add more heat later if preferred.
  5. Stir your liquid and pour into your shaker filled with ice. Shake for 1 minute and pour into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime and/or add a few slices of jalapeno to add extra heat.
  6. Continue until all juice is consumed.
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