Old School Cold Remedy: The Hot Toddy

Alright so I’ve had a wicked cold since Sunday. Stuffy nose, cough, exhaustion, foggy head, the works. Normally I would hit the Thera-Flu but let’s face it, there’s not much in it but alcohol and some lemon flavoring anyway, and it’s expensive! So I started looking up old school cold remedies I could make myself and found the Hot Toddy.

So I did some experimenting with the various recipes I found and here’s the best hot toddy recipe in my opinion. You can drink this for a cold or just on any winter night to be honest. It’s tasty and relaxing. Just don’t overdo it with the liquor. We’re not trying to get hammered here.

So here we go, my Hot Toddy recipe:

  • 1 mug of piping hot water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons pure honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 shot of Jim Beam Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Ahhh, that’s good. Just like grandma used to make. Ok, my grandma never made these, but I’m sure somebody’s did. Anyway, it’s got just enough bourbon to take the edge off but not enough that you can taste it. The lemon juice opens up your sinuses and the honey and cinnamon makes it sweet tasting.

One thing I will highly recommend is that you get a quality bourbon in a glass bottle. No generic whiskey in a plastic jug for $3.99. We had some cheap whiskey we bought a long time ago sitting in a cupboard that I tried to use first and it about made me hurl. Buy high quality bourbon and use very little.