This 2-Ingredient Energy Drink Uses Pantry Staples To Basically Turn You Into Superwoman

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If you've been stockpiling honey for hot toddies and natural cough suppressants to get you through the winter, you're in luck—there's much more you can do with the miracle liquid. "Honey has been used as a food, medicine, and more by cultures all over the world for at least the last 8,000 years," writes Hannah Coughlin in her new book, The Goodness of Honey. It's antibacterial, antiviral, and a potent inflammation fighter—plus, according to Coughlin, it's the perfect base for an instant healthy energy drink.

She explains, "Honey can provide energy within seven minutes, according to research on athletes. It also provides a slow-burn effect that produces great stamina and endurance. The free fructose and glucose sugars in honey restore brain activity constantly, thus reducing or eliminating fatigue at times of our greatest physical and mental need." She recommends using the drink to kick-start your morning routine or to stave off an afternoon slump.

Instant Energy Drink

Serves 4


  • 8 cups water
  • ⅔ cup unprocessed honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Juice of 1 to 2 lemons


  1. Pour the water into a large saucepan. Add the honey and salt and simmer over a medium heat until both are dissolved. Then add the lemon juice and stir to combine.
  2. Leave to cool, then transfer to the fridge to chill for 2 to 3 hours before drinking.

Based on excerpts from The Goodness of Honey by Hannah Coughlin, with the permission of Kyle Books. Copyright © 2018.

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