The ancient Greeks consumed a drink called Tsiporou (or Raki a distilled grape spirit), which was made from the leftover mash of wine-making. They added half a teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey to the mash to create a remedy that eased the symptoms of cold and flu. Patients would enjoy a clearer head and reduced symptoms.
A substitute for this home remedy is to use whiskey or brandy instead of leftover mash. Consume the preparation 3 times a day, between meals, and immediately the cold or flu will return. Or take half a teaspoon of nutmeg powder with warm water 3 times a day.
Shaker Spiced Grape Juice Recipe
– This drink is a great alternative to hot apple cider and the closest to a Greek drink “non-alcohol” called Tsiporou (or Raki) I can find. I've only had it once and got the recipe at Pleasant Union, one of the Shaker settlements here in Kentucky.
-3 cups concord grape juice (Welches is the best)
-3⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 pinch clove
-1⁄4 cup sugar (optional)
-3⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
-1 tablespoon honey
Combine all ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain if necessary. Serve hot.
Yields 3 cups. Drink throughout the day.