Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

Looking for a natural NeoCitran substitute? Or a hot lemony drink when you're not feeling so well? This has all the goodness of the store brand without the powdery, chemical taste. All that is needed is your favorite pain killer and before you know it, you're better! My deepest thanks to the cook book "sublime vegetarian" for this recipe. I have personally made this recipe for a couple of winters now, it works. My family thinks it's wonderful.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water, ginger and juice and zest of lemon and grapefruit.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove any scum (bubbles) that float to the surface.
  4. Add cornstarch mix and stir for about 1 minute until thickened.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  6. Transfer to a covered glass jar and refrigerate.
  7. This will keep for about a month in the fridge.
  8. When someone in your family gets the flu or the chills, put 2 Tablespoons in a mug with hot water, stir.
  9. Let them drink this slowly and follow up with either Tylenol or Asprin.
  10. They will be better in no time.
Most Helpful

Thank you for posting this recipe. Since the factory that manufacture the drug store product burnt down last year, it has been hard getting my husband his hot, lemony drink when he has a cold. The ingredients are easily obtained at the grocery store for a fairly easy and quick way to have a homemade drink. I found that straining the solids out at the end gave me a drink free of floating ingredients. I also carefully read that only a couple of tablespoons of the "mix" is necessary; then top up with hot water. Thanks again.

Northof49 August 19, 2016

I am going to get the ingredients I don't already have for this one. I will add stars later, but I just wanted to comment now for the reviewer that takes blood pressure medication. My Dad takes medication also and was warned by his physician to avoid grapefruit. Please ask your doctor or pharmacist about it, I don't know how grapefruit and blood pressure medicine react with each other.

KissaMew September 11, 2006

Great cold weather drink! We dont get the colds, but loved this. I agreed with both previous raters. This was a tart drink, so we added little honey in the mugs. I did use cornstarch, but I think I could taste it and plan to leave it out next time. Thank you for keeper!

rosslare February 09, 2006