Forget the clinic. It's flu season and that means it's time to belly up to the bar to take your medicinals.
Medicinals -- the all-encompassing name for spirits and spirit-based drinks that are thought of as curatives and health tonics. Eat.Drink.Think has a recipe for a bourbon or rye whiskey cocktail that will either put you to sleep or have you on your feet. The heated drink also includes honey and lemon, which helps to soothe sore throats as well as inspires a pleasant warming feeling of the footie-pajama variety.
Medicinals -- most people would simply call them a Hot Toddy -- can also help to cut down on congestion. And since variations of the drink have been around for a number of years -- the story is on one our sister blog site's the LA Weekly's Squid Ink - the Hot Toddy can be anything from a straightforward curative to designer cocktail in the hands of different mixologists.
Sloshed has a green tea toddy that mixes orange, ginger, and white rum in with heated tea with an orange hue that is appropriately festive for the time of year. If that sounds too new age for your liking, go back to the drink's root with an Irish Whiskey Skin -- the original name for the heated drink. The Kitchn has a straightforward recipe that includes optional cane sugar, which if you like the taste of Irish Whiskey you should forgo.
And finally in an effort to take advantage of the surplus of apples that are kicking around everyone's home -- the Hot Apple Toddy. The Bon Vivant's Companion offers up a cocktail made with brandy, apple cider, cinnamon sticks, and cloves, which sounds like a drink you would want whether or not you were under the weather.
So if you start to worry that you have the flu -- channel the Old West by grabbing your bottle of whiskey and a stovetop pot.
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