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