As the days get shorter, the nights get colder and the calendar turns toward winter, we start to hear it: The sniffles from the person in the next cubicle. The dreaded middle-of-the-night coughs from a child. It’s the cacophony of cold season, and we are headed into the throes of it.
Last week, Sunday evening, I had it, the scratchy throat, the stuffiness, yuck, I just started to feel bad. As I brought my oldest son to scouts, I decided I was not staying, as I usually do as an Assistant Scoutmaster. So I said my goodbyes, and the Scoutmaster told me, “You know what you need don’t you?” Well, I knew what he was talking about as we are both aficionados of a good single malt scotch. I replied, “it couldn’t hurt”. Which got me to thinking, why not?
I went home and looked up some good recipes for a Hot Toddy. I started reading up on them. And I came across some stuff that made a lot of sense. Many studies show conventional treatments are not as effective or have the same effectiveness rate as classic home remedies, and the overuse of them can actually lower effectiveness moving forward. The vapors from a hot toddy can help with congestion. The effect of the alcohol in a toddy can dilate blood vessels, helping mucus and white blood cells fight infection, and can also provide a mild sedative, making for a good night’s sleep when slumber is elusive because of cold symptoms. I guess you can say, it is the original nighttime-sniffling-sneezing-coughing-aching-stuffy-head-fever-so-you-can-rest-medicine. I decided to give a go, and even if it didn’t work. it sure would taste good going down.
So here is my recipe for a good Hot Toddy:
In a mug mix the following…
1/3 cup of a decent blended Scotch Whisky. (sorry, I’m not using Laphroaig or Glenmorangie in a toddy!)
2 tbls of Raw Honey
1 to 2 tbls of Lemon Juice
dash of Cinnamon or a Cinnamon stick (or both)
dash of Cloves, or you can use a whole Cloves
top off with hot water, hot tea or hot apple cider
As a final, note, I did not use any over the counter medicines, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that my symptoms went away much quicker than normal. I was good to go by Wednesday. Normally, this stuff hangs on for weeks, but not this time. Hmmm… good stuff that!
If you have used the Hot Toddy for the time when you have had a cold, leave your comments below and tell us your story.