Chef Giovanni Merle brings us his first recipe, and this one is appropriate for the times. Dubbed the “COVID-19-T,” this recipe is for an elixir that is packed with antioxidants, helping to boost your immunity. Along with your masks, hand sanitizer, and incessant hand washing, consider Chef Giovanni’s elixir as another way to defend yourself against the coronavirus, or any virus for that matter. Once prepared, this concoction is meant to be sipped hot.


Always use organic ingredients when possible

  • 4 liters of Spring Water
  • 100 grams of Hibiscus, dry
  • 3.5 ounces of Cannabis Flower and Leaves
  • 25 grams of fresh Mint, chopped
  • 25 grams of fresh Rosemary, chopped
  • 5 grams of Lemon Leaves
  • 2 whole Oranges, using zest and juice
  • 2 whole Lemons, using zest and juice
  • 10 grams of freshly ground Cinnamon
  • 5 grams of freshly ground Cloves
  • 1 Ginger Root, shredded
  • 100 grams of Honey
  • 100 grams of Blackberries
  • 100 grams of Blueberries
  • 100 grams of Raspberries
  • 100 grams of Strawberries
  • 100 grams of Tamarind, peeled
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of Red Wine


  1. Add 4 liters of spring water to a large pot, place on stove set to high heat, and bring water to a boil
  2. Infuse hibiscus and cannabis flower and leaves in boiling water for two minutes
  3. Add in the zest and juice from the oranges and lemons, lemon leaves, rosemary, mint, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and honey
  4. Stir in the red wine
  5. Add blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and tamarind
  6. Reduce heat and simmer on stove for 2 hours
  7. Remove the pot from the stove and strain the contents through a chinois etamine or similar straining tool, pushing down on solids to produce as much liquid as possible
  8. Pour the elixir into individual cup(s) and enjoy while hot!


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