5 Drinks to Fight The Common Cold
So you’ve got that common cold. What do you do? You can reach your medicine cabinet or better yet, reach to your liquor cabinet… Here are 5 drinks to fight the common cold.
Brandy or Scotch also work well in a toddy, but the vanilla sweetness of good bourbon was our favorite — this time, at least.1 oz (2 tablespoons) bourbon
1 tablespoon mild honey
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup boiling-hot water
Put bourbon, honey, and lemon juice in a 6-ounce mug. Top off with hot water and stir until honey is dissolved.
The Grog has origins in the 1700’s and it’s a drink that has been known to cure scurvy!
During 18th-century, British admiral Edward Vernon, nicknamed Old Grog for the grogram fabric cloak he wore, attempted to prevent scurvy among his men by serving them a pint of rum a day. The dark navy rum had nothing to do with scurvy, but it did have a way of knocking the sailors on their duffle bags. Vernon then issued the infamous Captain’s Order Number 349, stating that all rum should be mixed with water, a dash of brown sugar, and lime to make it more palatable. In their displeasure, the sailors christened the weakened beverage after the admiral, and THE GROG was born.
2 ounces dark rum
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon brown sugar
4 ounces hot water
Slice of orange and a cinnamon stick
Hot whiskey is an aromatic drink that will warm you up nicely on a cold day. It’s also a great drink to help calm the pain of a sore throat and is a comforting infusion when suffering from a cold or a flu.
- Fill kettle and boil some water
- In a nice sized glass, drop a teaspoon of brown sugar.
- Add your favorite whiskey and stir until the brown sugar dissolves (taste to make sure it’s nice and proper). If you don’t have brown sugar, honey will do.
- Slice a nice thick piece of lemon about a quarter of an inch / 5mm add cloves on each section of the lemon. Place them deep so they do not come loose when you stir it.
- The kettle should be boiled by now, so pour the water into the glass over the back of a spoon, so as not to scald the whiskey.
- Give it another good stir, add the lemon and get better!
BLOOD ORANGE BOURBON
An orange a day keeps the doctor away. This drink comes courtesy of Love & Lemons and it’s simple and delicious.
½ cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice (strain the pulp if you wish)
3-5 tablespoons bourbon (depends on how boozy you want it)
2-3 drops of Angostura bitters
splash of sparkling water
orange slices & sprigs of mint, for garnish
Mix & serve!
(Alternatively, omit the sparkling water, shake everything in a cocktail shaker with ice and serve in a rocks glass).
An old fashioned is a classic cocktail that could help you out of any common cold.
Here’s a recipe from Little Epicurean
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