Sipping on gin and juice

Actually, it’s bourbon and tea, but Snoop Dog hasn’t recorded a song about that — yet.

I’ve been fighting a cold for almost a week now, a nasty chest cough that sounds horrible. I don’t get sick that often, but it seems like when I do get sick, I get sick.

I blame my competitive gene.

I was coughing a lot last night, so I decided to make myself a hot toddy in hopes that it would help with my cough and let me get some sleep. Here’s what I’ve decided. A hot toddy doesn’t necessarily clear your congestion, but it does get you buzzed enough that you pass out.

This is not my image. There's no way I could have taken a picture last night. First I was shaky from all the coughing, then I was shaky from my drink. But it did look like this. I think.

Sleep is sleep, right?

For the record, though, I think I’ll just stick to NyQuil tonight.


  • 1 oz brandy, whiskey or rum (I used whiskey)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tea bag

Coat the bottom of a mug with honey.

Add the liquor and the juice of the lemon quarter.

Heat water in a tea kettle and add the tea bag to make hot tea.

Pour the steaming tea into the glass and stir.

Keep in mind that these instructions will become more difficult as you consume your hot toddy, so it’s best to make a really big one or to have someone on hand make then for you.

2 responses

  1. I did swear off whiskey after Al’s wedding, but extreme coughing means extreme measures.

    Sadly, I used the same bottle of whiskey I’ve had for 3+ years now. I bought it when I made bread pudding with a whiskey caramel sauce.

    Mmm. Bread pudding.

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