We see you caught a case of the sniffles. Here, take a box of tissues, relax and...have a drink? You may already know that most of your favorite elixirs started out as a medicinal products before people started gulping them for pleasure. Though the doctor may not write you a prescription for a quality Old Fashioned, mixing your favorite booze with some cold-fighting ingredients may just soothe your sickly soul. Get your blanket, put on your favorite movie and grab a mixing glass. Here’s to drinking to your (lack of) health. And, oh yeah, get better.
Let’s start with a classic. The Hot Toddy is the go-to drink for anyone feeling under the weather. With hot water, cloves, lemon juice, and a healthy amount of booze, it is no wonder this cocktail remains the standard for those who want to chase their sneezes away with a nice warm spirit. Get the recipe for the Hot Toddy.
Tea has always been standard for aiding the sickly, so why not add it to a cocktail? The Green & Amber combines green tea with lemon juice and honey for a drink with a good amount of medicinal ingredients. There’s Scotch and vodka in this cocktail so remember to take it easy. You are sick after all. Get the recipe for the Green Amber.
When you’re not feeling well, time is of the essence. This three-ingredient drink is perfect for anyone who wants a boozy kick while feeling under the weather. Hot apple juice joins the herb-packed Drambuie in a mug and is then topped off a bit of lemon juice. That’s it. It kind of gives the “apple a day” quote a whole new meaning. Get the recipe for the Rusty Apple Toddy.
Ginger has always been great for healing, and spiciness is known for getting ailments out of your system. So the Horse’s Neck by Knob Creek already has two things going for anyone not feeling too hot. Spicy ginger beer and bourbon come together and are rounded out by some old fashioned bitters and lemon juice. If you like sweating out your illnesses, this drink is for you. Get the recipe for the Knob Creek Horse’s Neck.
Sometimes misery loves company—and there’s nothing like a good warm punch to bring a lively crowd out of a sickly bunch. If your bartender had a Ph.D., the Hendrick's Hot Gin Punch would be his prescription for your problems. With citrus, lemon juice, cinnamon, honey and finished with gin, this is a dream come true for anyone tied to their tissue box—or an entire drinking-age household sidelined by the flu.