03/03/2015 10:21 am ET | Updated Mar 03, 2015

The Immunity-Boosting Drink One Chef Swears By

Alison Gootee


By Amy Chaplin

For years, I've been relying on this savory, warm drink when I need something fortifying but don't have the time or energy to make a pot of soup. The combination of miso, ginger, garlic and scallion clears my head in an instant and can stop a cold in its tracks.

Miso Brew

Makes 1 cup


  • 2-3 tsp. unpasteurized miso
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Place the unpasteurized miso in a mug. Finely grate the ginger and squeeze the juice (about 1 tsp.) into the mug. Add garlic and boiling water and stir to dissolve miso. Add more miso to taste and stir in scallion and cayenne pepper. Serve hot.


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