Hot Orange Juice Recipe with Spices for Colds

Last Updated on October 10, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Are you wondering about hot orange juice for colds? Does drinking orange juice help a cold? Find out and try this warm orange juice recipe.

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Are you wondering about hot orange juice for colds? Does drinking orange juice help a cold? Find out and try this warm orange juice recipe.

How to Make Hot Orange Juice

I hate getting sick. I’m generally a very healthy person and that’s a good thing since I’m generally the one who has to take care of everyone else. 

Sometimes during the winter, I just start to get that rundown feeling. You know what I mean. I’m a little more tired and sort of achy.

I start noticing a little tickle in the back of my throat and my nose starts getting stuffy. You have got to try my hot orange spice beverage. It’s definitely my go-to cold remedy drink.

Is hot orange juice good for a sore throat?

If you have a sore throat, it is a better idea to drink a soothing hot tea than something with Vitamin C.

The acidity of orange juice can irritate a sore throat. But, if you are at the very beginning of a cold, this is the drink you need to take.

If you’re thinking about using hot orange juice for colds, it’s important you take it at the very beginning of your cold when you first notice it. I always take elderberry syrup at the same time for an extra boost.

a woman laying on the couch covered with a blanket sick

Are hot drinks good for a cold?

Hot drinks can loosen the secretions in your chest and sinuses which can make it easier to cough or blow your nose. The first thing I do when I notice I’m not feeling well is to try to hold it off as long as possible with this cold remedy rink.

I’ve done a flu tea before but this cold remedy drink is a little bit different. It doesn’t use herbs. Instead, it uses orange juice for a blast of Vitamin C and ground ginger for a warming feeling.  

Raw honey has antibacterial properties so I add that in as well. Basically, it’s a blast of all the good things nature offers with the hope that I won’t really get sick.

Cold Remedy Drink | Hot Orange Spice Beverage

Does drinking orange juice help when you are sick?

There are many different foods, herbs, and spices that can impact how we feel. They often have medicinal uses and while they may not cure you, they can certainly help you feel better.

I find myself combining modern medicine with herbal or homeopathic remedies fairly often.

This Hot Orange Spice Beverage has all the benefits of orange, ginger, cinnamon, and honey and still manages to taste delicious while warming you from the inside out.

If you really wanted to open your sinuses, you could add a dash of Tabasco sauce to it. I’m not a big fan of super spicy foods so I leave that out of my hot orange juice.

woman holding grey ceramic mug

Can you make this in the microwave?

Yes, you can make this cold remedy drink in the microwave instead of in a pan on the stove if you want to. You’ll have to experiment with the correct amount of time since I’ve never tried it that way.

Basically, you want it hot enough to loosen your cough but not so hot you burn yourself. It will probably be about the same time you would use to heat up a cold cup of coffee.

Since it’s important that you drink this hot, I would keep it in a to-go cup with double-walled sides. I often use a thermos if I am heading to work.

Or, my Bodum cup keeps beverages nice and hot. If you’re thinking about drinking hot orange juice for colds, you need to keep this hot while you drink it.

Rose hip tea in pretty china cups on a book with herbs

More home remedies I’ve tried

Are you wondering about hot orange juice for colds? Does drinking orange juice help a cold? Find out and try this warm orange juice recipe.

Here are a few things that you can do when your child is sick. And you may want to learn more about the benefits of ginger tea.

I hope you’ll try my hot orange juice beverage and see how it works for you the next time you’re not feeling well.

What’s your favorite natural remedy for cold and flu season? Do you feel that they work? 

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Hot Orange Juice Beverage with Spices

Hot Orange Juice Recipe with Spices for Colds

Are you wondering about hot orange juice for colds? Does drinking orange juice help a cold? Find out and try this warm orange juice recipe.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 cup of orange juice, freshly squeezed is best
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 3 tbsp raw, local honey
  • dash of powdered ginger
  • 2 fresh cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise


  1. Put everything but the honey in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat until hot but not boiling.
  3. Stir in the honey until it dissolves.
  4. Serve & enjoy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 319Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 3gSugar: 73gProtein: 2g

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26 thoughts on “Hot Orange Juice Recipe with Spices for Colds”

  1. This sounds like the hot totty my mom would make, just without the alcohol In the middle of winter, all congested, sore chest, cold bones, this was the remedy Family favorite
  2. I ought to make this right away - suffering from countless sneezes a min! refreshing beautiful drink. It caught my attention right away at Swati's.
  3. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party!  I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest!  :)  I can't wait to see what you share next time!  -Cindy
  4. I love the flavor, and even scent combination of clove and orange. This drinks looks and sounds really delicious for a natural cold remedy. 
  5. That drinks sounds delicious!! This is the time of year it seems we all get stuffy even if we don't get full on sick.  This would be perfect forthose days! 

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