Vitamin C Cold Buster Juice

The Best Immunity Juice Recipe for Fighting a Cold

  • by Robin Frey
5.0 from 4 Reviews


This snappy cider packs a ton of vitamin C that will boost your immunity and help put an end to colds.

Yield 12 oz
Calories 115 cal
Yield and calories may vary depending on produce used and method of extraction.
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The leaves are changing, and parkas are coming out of storage. It’s time to cozy up to the fireplace and settle in for the changing season.

However, some of us will get unlucky and catch a dreaded seasonal illness, battling with flu symptoms and sore throats.

Don’t despair! The moment you feel that tickle in your throat, have a friend or partner prepare this delicious home remedy to ease your symptoms and shorten the duration of your sickness.

two glasses of cold buster immunity boosting juice on a white table

Full of nutritional powerhouses like apples and ginger, this spicy blend will ensure you are feeling back to normal in no time at all.

Click here to jump straight to the step by step recipe. Read on to learn why we love it.

Why We Love This Cold-Fighting Juice Recipe 

When you’re under the weather, you want nourishing and hydrating foods that are easy to get down. The recipe is the best juice for feeling warm and well, even when you are battling a cold or flu. 

Here’s what chef Ari had to say about his creation: 

“For this recipe we wanted to come up with a juice that tastes like a cider, but has the power of a flu shot. Vitamin C is great to load up on when you are feeling sick. The fruit juices in this recipe are a great source of vitamin C, and we also added more in powder form.  The zinc is very neutral in flavor and is optional, but is a great addition for its known benefits.”

As amazing as this juice recipe is, you are probably drinking it for its health benefits.

cold buster juice close up with juicer in the background

Let’s dive into why this blend is so good at cold-busting.

Health Benefits of this Immunity Juice Recipe 

cold buster juice ingredients

Here are some of the major benefits in one glass of this juice:

  • Cold and flu relief. Zinc helps your immune system and metabolism function, and has been shown to shorten recovery from a cold or flu. 
  • Antioxidant properties. The extra vitamin C and ginger contain naturally occurring antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory and cold-fighting. 
  • Great for overall wellness. Citrus fruits are superfoods that contain calcium, vitamin C and vitamin B. Cinnamon gives this recipe a potassium boot!
  • Citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C. Fresh juice from oranges and grapefruit give a healthy dose of Vitamin C. This nutrient contributes to immune defense by supporting various cellular functions of the immune system. Vitamin C also supports barrier function against pathogens and protects the body from environmental stress.¹
  • Zinc activates enzymes that fight viruses and bacteria. Zinc actually “turns on” cells that helps to destroy viruses and bacteria by breaking down their proteins!² What a great tool to have in your virus-fighting arsenal — we recommend getting a good dose of Zinc daily.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties. Fresh ginger and fresh turmeric pack a nutritious and anti-inflammatory punch that can even lower your cholesterol!

Note: Need to get a lot of vitamin C in a pinch? Check out this infographic (source) of the top plant sources of vitamin C.

Top Whole Food Sources of Vitamin C

Equipment note: We used the M-1 commercial juice press to make this juice shot recipe, but you can use pretty much any type of juicer (masticating, centrifugal, etc.). Just keep in mind that the quality will always be higher when using a juice press.

Learn more about the industry-leading commercial juicers we use to make our recipes.

Health Benefits

  • supports immune system
  • antioxidant
  • reduces inflammation


pear 9.55 oz 271 g 1 1/2 medium pears
red apple 7.35 oz 208 g 1 large apple
zinc 0.5 oz 14 g 1 tablespoon
lemon 0.25 oz 7 g 1 lemon slice
ginger 0.2 oz 6 g 3/4 inch chunk of ginger root
cinnamon 0.125 oz 4 g 3/4 teaspoon
vitamin C powder 0.01 oz 0.3 g a pinch


  1. Wash produce thoroughly.

  2. Quarter the lemon (leaving skin on) and place directly into the press. If you don’t have a juice press, peel and juice with the rest of the ingredients.

  3. Grind remaining ingredients together and press.

  4. Mix the zinc, cinnamon and vitamin C into the juice.

Pro Tips

  • You can find vitamin C powder online, just make sure you source one that is plant based and non-GMO, like this one here. Most vitamin C supplements are synthetic and derived from GMO corn which can cause issues on the cellular level. Learn more about it here.

  • Adding the cinnamon directly to the finished juice will give you little specs of the spice. If you rather not have the specs of spice, you can add the cinnamon directly to the press with the lemon.

  • No red apples? Add green apples for a more tart flavor profile.

  • Looking for even more nutrition during flu season? Add kale or leafy greens to turn this into a green juice recipe. Parsley in particular can add an extra spicy kick and immune-supporting phytonutrients.

  • Using a Goodnature press? No need to peel your citrus fruits, just quarter and place in the press! If you don’t have a juice press, peel the lemon and place into your juicer with the rest of the ingredients.

  • Consider adding fresh turmeric for a rich yellow color and extra immune system support. Alternatively, add beets or carrots for added beta-carotene and vitamin A!



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  1. 5 stars
    Hello… As always, a real interestng recipe…
    But, as I wrote some time ago, it’s really pity that you forget that you have clients or future clients around the World…
    …the measurements in oz and inches are usable ONLY in the USA and very few other countries…
    In almost all countries, the metric system is in use…
    Each country is sovereign, of course and you can use your measurement system… But it would be suitable to AT LEAST to add and write, maybe in brackets, the equivalent as used outside the USA…
    You answered me some time ago that you would consider the suggestion, but up to now, unfortunately, nothing changed….


    1. Hi Massimo,

      Yes, we have been working on this for a while and it is in the process of being implemented by our web developers. Thank you for your patience!


  2. 5 stars
    Dear Massimo, I’m with you in case of measurement values, but at the right side you can see universal units of measure like (1 pear, slice of lemon, tablespoon of…) what makes things easier. Apart from the fact it should be so easy to add both values in recipe 😉
    Good Nature- thank you for recipes, always inspiring.


    1. Our pleasure, Martin!


  3. 5 stars
    I think it’s very good