Sharing a house with someone sick is the worst. It’s like a curse of impending doom! You live together, you share a bed, you occupy the same space, and when one of you falls victim to a terrible cold, it’s just a matter of time before the other gets it. Matt was sick, and now I’m sick. It was inevitable.
When my first symptoms started, I stocked up on honey, ginger, tea, and lemons. I can’t be sick without this drink. It’s my go-to for a sore, scratchy throat.
A hot toddy is traditionally a spiced tea drink with a bit of whiskey. Some argue that drinking while you’re sick is a terrible idea, and while I do agree with this to some extent, I see nothing wrong with having a shot before bed (on a Friday night, at least) mixed with some warm tea. (You can skip the whiskey on a weeknight, if you’re so inclined)
The lemon, ginger, and honey help sooth your throat, while the whiskey helps you fall asleep. I don’t know why it works, but it works.
Plus, I like to think that the alcohol helps burn away the sick germs. This is probably 100% inaccurate according to science, but I like to believe it anyway. 😉
|Throat-Soothing Chamomile Hot Toddy|| |
- 1 Chamomile teabag
- 1½ cups hot water
- 1 Tbsp honey
- ½ a lemon, juiced
- 3-4 thick ginger slices
- 1 oz whiskey (or 2 oz if you're REALLY sick)
- Place teabag in a heat-safe mug. Add water, honey, and lemon juice, stirring until combined. Add ginger slices, and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove ginger slices and tea bag, add whiskey, and enjoy.
Last year, I posted these popsicles, which are a similar version of today’s recipe, but in cold form. If you haven’t seen these popsicles, go check them out! They’re absolutely fantastic at curing a sore throat. They’re great for a springtime cold (while a hot toddy is great for a winter cold).