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 DanielsAnyone else get more than their fair share of it this winter? What do you do to care for yourself when it hits?
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.