Thursday, February 21, 2008

The flu bug strikes again... hot toddy to the rescue

When you hear about the flu outbreak in Michigan on the news, you nod your head and feel sympathetic. When you hear about a 'bug going around' your kid's school or at the office, you cross your fingers. When you suddenly feel like a truck hit you, and would rather lay on the couch than win a million dollars... well, then you really got it.

This has been a rough winter for a lot of us. My family has passed around some yucky week-long thing around at least twice --- hence my disappearance from the blog for long stretches. Inevitably, the four of us get it consecutively, so one cold or flu lasts a month in our house. It seems like there hasn't yet been a full week this winter that we have all been healthy. At this point, we all feel ok but there is a lingering cough -- which is difficult to tell whether it's the end of the last illness, or the beginning of a new one. Many of my friends are in the same boat. Either way, I'm ready for spring!

One of our age-old family recipes has been named "Grammy Medicine". This easy spin on a traditional hot toddy goes like this:
1/4 cup Jack Daniels
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup lemon juice (fresh is best, but the bottled stuff will do in a pinch)

Mix thoroughly. Take by the tablespoon, or add a portion to a mug, add hot water and sip slowly. If you are drinking it hot, this recipe will make about 3-4 servings, depending on how strong you like it. Keep in the fridge between "doses".

If you do not want to use the alcohol, then just mix up a recipe of equal parts of fresh lemon juice and honey and add to hot water.

All the ingredients work together to help you feel better -- one way or another! The lemon helps break up congestion and adds vitamin C, the honey soothes a sore throat and cough, and the booze helps you get what is needed most: sleep.
Anyone else get more than their fair share of it this winter? What do you do to care for yourself when it hits?

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Our favorite "home remedy" is the hot Irish whiskey, which we discovered when we vacationed in Ireland some years ago. A hot Irish whiskey is good for what ails you and also good for just about any cold, dreary day, illness or not. You need:
-lemon slice
-whole cloves
-Irish whiskey (Jameson, Bushmills, et al)

Bring water in a teakettle to a boil. Meanwhile, push whole cloves through the segments of the lemon slice. Put the lemon in a mug and sprinkle with a bit of sugar. When the water is boiling, pour it over the lemon and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Add the whiskey to your strength preference and enjoy!

On an unrelated note, we were out walking around yesterday and I noticed that the Pink Turtle shop in the clocktower building appears to be out of business. Either that or they are about to undergo a major renovation. There was literally nothing inside the shop space but a few jumbled, empty clothing racks. I was disappointed to see that another small business has apparently fallen victim to our struggling economy.

And, also, speaking of the clocktower complex, Las Fuentes doesn't look like it will be opening any time soon if the condition of the interior is any indication! If the place is open by the start of summer I would be very surprised.