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Lauren Manzo Scalia comes from a family of foodies. She has a pizzeria-owner brother who whips up professional-grade fried chicken at home, and a mother whose homemade pasta dishes are the stuff of legends. Not to mention, her dad, Albert, owns a successful restaurant. But when the Manzo'd with Children alum wants the recipe for a healing concoction, she leans on her chef uncle, Jaime Laurita.
In a recent Instagram post, the New Jersey salon owner revealed that she was on her third cup of "the elixir I've been drinking to stay healthy." The drink contains lemon, ginger, and cayenne, and it's what Jaime refers to as his "Witch Doctor Brew."
In his own post describing the drink, Caroline and Dina Manzo's brother wrote: "There are so many powerful natural ingredients that can help you stay healthy ... A little of this every day served warm is good for your immunity and overall good health. It will seriously help clear and move mucus naturally through your system."
In his Stories, Jaime shared the recipe for the "Witch Doctor Brew." The drink is made with three lemons, a peeled and grated ginger bulb, a third cup of honey, and a teeny pinch of cayenne pepper. After zesting and juicing the lemons, you'll create a sachet for the lemon zest and grated ginger.
Then, you'll add the lemon peels and the sachet to a boiling pot of water. After the mixture simmers for about 20 minutes, give the sachet another squeeze into the hot liquid, pour in more fresh lemon juice, and add honey to taste. "It's really good for you," Jaime promises.
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