I’ve been sick more in 2017 that I have for the rest of my life. I’m sure it’s a mix of stress, poor eating and my daughter entering preschool and bringing home every bug known to man. I’ve become quite acquainted with the hot toddy and even put my own twist on the classic with this recipe for a Sleepy Time Hot Toddy.
I’m not a huge fan of cold medicine, I would love to take some NyQuil but that stuff knocks me out cold and there is no way I can take that when I’m alone with the kids. Instead I turn to a bag of Chamomile Nights tea and some good old fashioned whiskey. It won’t cure your cold but it’ll make it much more tolerable.
My drink of choice is Wild Turkey American Honey. It’s not super harsh and it has a turkey on the bottle.
To be honest that’s probably why I picked it out in the first place.
I’m usually pretty lost in the liquor store so 85% of my choices are based on bottle alone. Everything else is based on what my mom buys.
She also bought me an electric kettle for Christmas (thanks mom!) so tea is a daily thing here now.
Hot toddies are a tradition but they also have some science behind them. The alcohol dilates blood vessels which helps your mucus membranes deal with the cold infection.
It also makes it easier to sleep. It’s important not to over do it though, stick to one drink or you may end up with more problems than you solve.
You should do yourself a favor and find some quality honey for this. If you can get local, raw honey do it!
Honey will help soothe a sore throat and can also act as a cough suppressant. It’s also a great way to get kids to drink herbal tea (leave the whiskey out of their cups!).
The lemon is a tasty touch and it has quite a few health benefits as well, even though the benefits from a few slices probably aren’t that impressive. Lemon reduces phlegm, it’s also anti-bacterial and antiviral.
The extra boost of vitamin C won’t hurt either. I always take a Vitamin C and Zinc supplement when I feel a cold coming on.
Ginger is another anti-cold powerhouse. It is anti-inflammatory and will soothe a sore throat. It’s also great if your stomach is feeling off.
Sleepy Time Hot Toddy Recipe:
- Fill a mug with boiling water, add a generous spoonful of raw honey and a bag of your favorite chamomile tea.
- Add sliced lemon and ginger, beat them up a little first to get the juices flowing.
- Top it up with some honey whiskey.
- Cuddle up with your cup, an electric blanket, some Netflix and get your rest on.
My daughter Mary was very interested in my photo taking, she added in some special staging props. I promised her I’d show all my friends her pictures. This is her new water bottle she got for Christmas to take to Ninja Class:
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