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Grandma’s Hot Toddy

Posted on Jul 25, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   6 Comments | Posted in cold · grandma · hot toddy

It is with great joy that I share this important news:  I am no longer drowning in snot!  I’ve been upgraded from “drown” to “wade”.  Mucinex and Aleve are still my closest companions, but we’ve agreed to stop seeing each other so often.

During my forced bed rest I revisited a home remedy that stands head and shoulders above the rest, and if you read the comments from my last post you may recall the mention of Grandma’s Hot Toddy.  This wonderful elixir—used only for medicinal purposes, of course—works wonders on sore throats and weary muscles.  It even helps clear a stuffy nose. Here it is:

1 cup boiling water
1-2 shots whiskey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2-3 tablespoons of honey

Mix til blended and drink it up! The quantities of whiskey, lemon juice and honey may be adjusted up or down to suit your taste.  Grandma’s Hot Toddy won’t cure a summer cold, but after downing a few of these babies, buttercup, your outlook is sure to improve.

Per Grandma’s Cold Timetable (a week to get the cold, a week to have it, and a week to get rid of it) I am on week three of the program so things are looking up. My old pals Mucinex and Aleve will pack their bags and head back to the medicine box, and Jim Beam will reposition himself in the downstairs pantry where he will start collecting dust on his shoulders again.

Well. . .okay.  Maybe Jim can stick around a little longer.  He doesn’t take up too much space and you never can tell when the need will arise for an emergency hot toddy.  These summer colds have a habit of relapsing, you know.

Til next time –

6 Responses to "Grandma’s Hot Toddy"

  1. Comment by BECKY
    July 25, 2010 at 5:37 pm  

    Hey Lisa! I'm so happy to hear you are feeling at least a little better! And that's funny about your Grandma's Hot Toddy, because I remember you telling me about it this past winter when I was sick! I never made one, and probably only because I didn't have any booze in the house! But, I will definitely get a bottle to have on hand! Sweet Dreams!! 🙂

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    July 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm  

    Hi Becky – Yeah, I swear by the hot toddy. You can't drink too many of them in one sitting but, by golly, if you fix 'em right you don't need more than one. 🙂

  3. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    July 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm  

    You are funny, Lisa! I am so glad that you are feeling better. I think I had a hot toddy last winter. They sure are better than Theraflu! I'm not usually too much for whiskey, but hey, if that is what the Grandma Doctor ordered … :>)

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    July 26, 2010 at 5:35 am  

    Thanks Kathy. I'm more of a wine drinker, myself, but I occasionally make an exception and this was one of those times. I had to wash the dust off the bottle, though, because it had been sitting so long. LOL

  5. Comment by K9friend
    July 26, 2010 at 5:27 pm  

    H'mm. Will a margarita do the trick, too?

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    July 26, 2010 at 7:12 pm  

    Hi Pat – Y'know, I've never thought about that, but it would be worth a try. It couldn't hurt. 😀

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