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Feed a cold, starve a fever. That’s what my mother always said, and no doubt her mother did too. Now that I’m a mom (with internet access, no less) I can tell you exactly what to feed your cold to get you back on your feet in no time. Each ingredient in this Bloody Mary promotes good health, increases alertness, brightens your mood, and gives you energy.

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup Portland Bloody Mary Mix
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
3 tsp grenadine
Dash of chili powder
Pinch of salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Tequila, to serve

Combine all ingredients except tequila in a pitcher. Add ice cubes and stir well. Serve chilled in highball glasses as a chaser alongside room-temperature tequila. Makes 4 servings, which should get you through the day.

Here’s why this cocktail will become your best ally in the fight against The Common Cold.

Bloody Mary Mix: Each serving provides 8% vitamin A, known as the anti-infection vitamin, and 10% vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant.

Orange juice/lime juice: Also packed with vitamin C, the juice from citrus fruits offers a well-documented way to build up your immune system. It can help you fend off a bug to begin with, or it can help you fight one if you’re already sick. Orange juice also soothes a sore throat and thins the consistency of mucus.

Grenadine: This is a thick, sweet syrup made from pomegranates and red currants. The medicinal value of both these fruits has been celebrated for thousands of years. They act as powerful antioxidants to help repair cells and put up your body’s best defense.

Chili powder: It’s no coincidence that your nose runs when you eat spicy food. Capsaicin, which makes chili peppers taste peppery, stimulates secretions that help clear mucus from your lungs and nose. Capsaicin also plays a role in pain relief and has been proven to help boost your immune system.

Black pepper: When your nose is so stuffy that you can’t taste much, black pepper can make food more palatable. It also works as an antioxidant, and counteracts the buildup of intestinal gas. In sufficient quantities, it aids your body’s ability to sweat out harmful toxins; so don’t be afraid to lay it on thick!

Tequila: Many of the health benefits of tequila have nothing to do with the upper respiratory tract, but I’ll list them here anyway. It helps raise good cholesterol and lowers bad cholesterol. It can reduce your risk of getting dementia. When consumed after a meal, it aids digestion. And tequila’s sleep-inducing and mood-elevating properties don’t hurt, either.

You look like you’re starting to feel better already. Open the window for a little fresh air. Take a warm bath. Then drink 2 Bloody Marys and call me in the morning.