Sickness has swept through my house over the past few weeks, and when it was my turn to be sick, I turned to my old friend: tomato tea.

Tomato Tea for Cold & Flu Relief

Mix and match the ingredients listed to make your own perfect mug of tomato tea. I'm offering many options, so that hopefully you can make this without having to run to the store for any ingredients.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 97kcal
Author Becky Striepe


  • 1 mugful of organic tomato juice or veggie juice
  • juice of 1/4 a fresh lemon or 2 teaspoons vinegar Any vinegar is fine. I've used rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and even balsamic to make this in the past.
  • sriracha sauce to taste, hot sauce of your choice, or a pinch of cayenne
  • 1 pinch of ground ginger or 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic minced or crushed, or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Warm the tomato juice on the stove or in the microwave. It's even OK if it's a little bit too hot. That nice steam is good for soothing your poor nose and throat!
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to your mug, and stir.
  • Sip, and enjoy!


As you can see, this recipe is very flexible. The idea is to get an acidic, somewhat spicy mix happening, so use what's in your pantry to make that happen. I'm sure that some of you are not fans of the microwave, but if you have one, I hope you'll make an exception in this case. Give yourself a break, because (as Daniel Tiger loves to remind us), "When you're sick, rest is best."


Calories: 97kcal