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Influenza sorbet? A mix of honey, ginger, o.j., lemon juice, cayenne pepper and bourbon

Would you try influenza sorbet to help you ward off the flu? (Facebook)Would you try influenza sorbet to help you ward off the flu? (Facebook)It seems counter-intuitive to give a person with the flu a big bowl of freezing cold sorbet to make them better. Yet that’s what the folks over at Ohio based-company Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream are suggesting, and they’ve got just the flavour: Influenza RX Sorbet.

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The special concoction is made with a blend of honey, ginger, orange juice, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and Maker's Mark bourbon. According the write-up on the company’s website, the recipe is modelled on Jeni’s mother and grandmother’s fix for the flu: “A mug of hot whiskey with honey and lemon juice, then straight to bed.”

At $12 a pint, this “flu-season fix” doesn’t come cheap.

But will it cure the flu? Owner Jeni Britton Bauer tells ABC News that the sorbet is intended to make you feel better, and contains pectin, which helps lubricate the throat. It will be available in stores until the end of February and is also available to order online, though we’re not exactly sure how mail order ice cream works.

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Influenza sorbet isn’t Jeni’s only creative flavour. There’s frozen yogurts and sorbets in flavours like goat cheese with red cherries, lime cardamom, riesling poached pear, and sweet potato with torched marshmallows.

So what does a flu fighting frozen treat laced with booze taste like? According to the Los Angeles Times, “Like a whiskey sour with a spicy kick.” 

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