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Health Remedies

Soothing Drinks Made with Manuka Honey

Taking the edge off a scratchy throat and an upset stomach has never been this quick and easy with the nourishing benefits of nature’s sweet superfood – bioactive Manuka Honey!


Whether you’re seeking relief from a sore throat, or just want to put your feet up and sip on a warm, comforting drink at the end of the day – these recipes for classic warm drinks with Manuka are just what you need.

Manuka is prized for its health-supporting properties, deliciously sweet flavour, and no overpowering medicine taste. This makes it the perfect addition to your daily cup of tea.

We’ve upgraded four classic soothers by swapping regular honey to Capilano Manuka Honey for added health benefits and a richer taste.

1. Manuka Honey, Ginger and Lemon Tea

Warm honey, lemon and ginger drinks have long been the go-to home remedy for sore throat relief. We upgraded this classic soother by swapping regular honey to Capilano Manuka Honey for added health benefits and a richer taste.

  1. Bring water to a boil and remove from heat.
  2. Slice lemon and ginger into thin pieces, and add to the hot water.
  3. Let it steep for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Strain and pour tea into a mug.
  5. Add your squeeze of Capilano Manuka Honey, stir, and serve.

Store in the fridge and serve over ice or soda water for a cooling and refreshing drink.

2. Manuka Hot Toddy

Warm, rich and spicy. Hot toddies are perfect for taking the edge off a sore or scratchy throat.

  • A squeeze of Capilano Active Manuka Honey 
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tea bag, (we suggest Chamomile)
  • 1 shot of liquor, your preference of either whiskey, brandy, white or dark rum, scotch, or gin. Omit if preferred. 
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lemon slice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  1. Put the teabag and hot water into a mug. Steep the tea based on the recommended time on the package.
  2. Add Capilano Manuka Honey, apple cider vinegar and the cinnamon stick, and stir.
  3. Add the liquor and lemon juice, and stir to combine.
  4. Finish with a fresh slice of lemon.

Make it non-alcoholic by doubling the honey and apple cider vinegar, dilute as needed for sensitive tastebuds.

3. Cinnamon Orange and Manuka Honey Tea

Zingy citrus, and sweet Manuka honey contrasts with woody black pepper in this tasty sore throat soother.

  • A squeeze of Capilano Active Manuka Honey 
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 1-inch cinnamon stick
  • 4 slices of fresh orange
  • 1 dash of black pepper
  • 1 piece ginger, 1-2 inches (2-4cm)
  1. Pour the water into a saucepan. Add cinnamon stick, ginger and 3 slices of lemon.
  2. Let the water come to a boil, then reduce to medium heat and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes until the water reduces to only 1 cup.
  3. Take off the heat. Mix well, strain and pour into a mug.
  4. Add your squeeze of Capilano Manuka Honey and black pepper. Stir. Finish off with a slice of fresh orange.

Serve cold with slices of seasonal fruit for a nourishing non-alcoholic punch

4. Manuka Peppermint Tea

 Just add fresh, aromatic mint and sweet Capilano Manuka honey to hot water for the ultimate fragrant sore throat soother.

  1. Bring water to a boil, and remove from heat.
  2. Pour boiled water into a teapot or bowl and add fresh mint leaves, saving a few sprigs for garnishing, and cover. Let it steep for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the tea into a mug, straining the mint leaves.
  4. Add a squeeze of Capilano Manuka Honey. Finish off with leftover fresh mint for extra taste and garnishing, if desired.

Chill the tea and blend up some ice in a high-powered blender. Combine the two, and you’ve created a Manuka mint snow cone!

Manuka Honey FAQ

What is the difference between Manuka Honey and normal honey?

Unlike regularly honey, Manuka is produced by bees that have foraged specifically on the flowers of Leptospermum trees, which are native to Australia and New Zealand. Australia is home to over 80 species of Leptospermum, which contributes to the smooth, pleasing flavour of Aussie Manuka. Manuka has been widely studied for its antimicrobial and wound-healing effects.

What are the benefits of a higher MGO rating in Manuka Honey?

More recent research has shown that one of the major components attributed to the unique activity in Manuka Honey is Methylglyoxal (MGO). 

MGO is the bioactive chemical that directly relates to the antibacterial activity in Manuka. It is the most accurate way to measure the potency of Manuka and is used as the key indicator of activity strength. Therefore, the higher the MGO, the higher the activity!

How can I use Manuka Honey?

Capilano bioactive Manuka honey has a sweet smooth taste and is very easy to enjoy. Try it simply by the spoonful, in a cup of tea or coffee, squeezed into cereal or porridge, or mixed into salad dressings and sauces.


Want to learn more about Manuka? There are several studies available including the following:

· Molan 2011 article:
· Johnston 2018 article:
· Bean, A. (2012). Investigating the Anti-inflammatory Activity of Honey (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from

Active Manuka Honey is prized for its health-supporting properties, and has been widely studied for its antimicrobial, and wound healing effects.

There are so many other ways to incorporate Manuka into your daily health routine. Scroll down for recipes ideas, and more.

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