While a hot toddy can’t cure a cold or the flu—as it was thought to do when the drink was invented in the late 19th century—it sure can soothe the soul.
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Put a kettle of water on the stove to boil.
Put the bourbon and honey in a coffee mug. Squeeze the juice from two wedges of lemon into the mug. With a knife, poke 3 holes in the rind of the remaining lemon wedge and push the cloves into the holes. Pour 4 fl. oz. (1/2 cup) boiling water into the mug and stir well to dissolve the honey. Add the clove-studded lemon wedge and let steep for a couple of minutes before drinking.
Thanks for a great soothing cocktail. For my taste, would use slightly more lemon and slightly less honey.
Yes, my mother did, too. A tablespoon each of bourbon, honey, and lemon juice by the bed, taken a teaspoon at a time, for a cold or cough. Lemon for the vitamin C and to cut the stickiness, honey to soothe and kill germs, and bourbon for disinfection and sleep. Like you, sixty years later, I still use it as the first line of defense.
This is a tried & true recipe from way back. My mother used to make it for me if I had a cough when I was a little girl. However, she only used a teaspoon of whiskey. Seventy years later I make it like this recipe with the addition of nutmeg. It has often been said, "It doesn't cure the cold or cough but you feel a lot better." The warm honey soothes the throat and warms the chest. Give it a try.
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