Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A Hot Toddy for the Wintertime Sniffles

5:35 a.m.

Sniffly, cold, runny nose, and sneezy.

I get up and use the bathroom and climb back into bed only to realize that my runny nose carries on and I must keep the Kleenex beside me. Oh bother, why try to sleep? I get out of bed and dress to keep warm since the house has grown cold overnight. The furnace is turned way down, the floors are cold and the fire is out so I go set my home into motion for a new day by clicking up the furnace, putting the kettle on to boil and getting my coffee measured out.

As my day carries on, I have a good morning and a jolly afternoon cutting the Christmas Tree in the Hills with my two sons and daughter-in-love. It's a family tradition, you know. By the time we get home and put the groceries away and get the sandwiches made and devoured, I feel the ache come over me, my ears begin to plug up, and my nose goes from runny to stuffy. Time for a toddy.

My Old Stand-by Toddy consists of:
Equal parts honey, whiskey, and lemon juice.
Put some of this mix in a mug and add piping hot water.
Stir and enjoy before bedtime or whenever you feel you need your cold symptoms eased a bit.

My New Favorite Toddy (which I only discovered tonight):
In a mug add:
A spoonful of honey, 2 or 3 tablespoons of cherry brandy (see recipe here) and the juice of a few slices of lemon and throw in the lemon slices themselves.
Pour piping hot water over this and sip.

This is so delicious and a perfect remedy for an on-coming cold.
(Tastes like yummy punch!)

My wholehearted thanks to Natalie who shared her cherry brandy with me this past summer. If you didn't make any when the cherries were bountiful, you'll just have to go to purchase some pre-made cherry brandy. I guarantee you it won't be nearly as nice as mine because my brandy has saturated cherries that will be dipped out and onto a small dish of vanilla ice cream for a throat soother! Think of it as cool and soothing as well as antiseptic.


  1. I hope you get to feeling better, Jody! Your tody sounds like just the right thing! I am sure I feel a sore throat coming on. :)

  2. What a great idea! I manage to get sick every time I travel via plane and my Thanksgiving trip has left me with a lingering cold that has me going through so many boxes of tissues that I asked my husband to buy stock in the companies making them. I never even thought about making a hot toddy--that's a brilliant idea. Thank you so much for sharing this and I hope you, too, will feel better soon.

  3. Akkk Jody this is a terrible time to get sick. I am soo sorry an hope you feel fine soon. Be good to yourself. Love Clarice

  4. Get well...get well soon....we wish you go to get well....! I'm so sorry you're sick, but it sounds like you've got your comfort bottle to keep you going. :-)

    Hugs and prayers,

  5. So sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well, Jody. I hope you will be better soon.
    This toddy sounds like just the ticket to help you on your way.
    Best wishes to you!


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