My wife was approaching her third week with a sore throat and congestion, so I decided to mix up a meadist play on an old traditional home remedy; a hot toddy. Okay, so technically the alcohol can lead to dehydration, which doesn’t help a cold, but the relaxing properties of the alcohol combined with the other soothing ingredients far outweigh the drawbacks – just stay hydrated with a glass of water before and after.
The hot water soothes the throat and loosens congestion. The honey coats the throat, eases inflammation, and helps suppress the cough. The lemon provides a boost of vitamin C and shrinks swollen throat tissue. The ginger offers countless medicinal properties. For those not ready to whole-heartedly embrace of the standard whiskey hot toddy – the mead made it a softer, more approachable drink. As an added benefit, my wife added a splash of apple cider vinegar to hers (I preferred it without – I love her and all, but its my blog so thats the recipe i’m putting in).
- 1 oz Rye Whiskey (I used (rî)1 – a very reasonable rye)
- 1 1/2 oz traditional mead (I used Sap House Oaked Traditional Mead which worked deliciously)
- 1 tsp honey
- slice of lemon
- slice of fresh ginger
- 1 cup hot water
- Pour the whisky and mead into a mug. I recommend using an Irish Coffee Mug. The clear glass presents the drink nicely.
- Heat the water so its steaming, but not boiling.
- Stir the honey into the mug then pour the hot water over the spoon and into the mug and continue to stir.
- Cut a slice of lemon and ginger, add to the mug and allow to steep for a couple minutes.
- Enjoy the soothing properties, and have a good night’s rest!