It sounds like an old fashioned home remedy “Pappy” would have sworn by but it turns out that a little whiskey is just what the doctor ordered for that nasty winter cold. Yes, a real medical doctor!
In an interview with ABC News, Dr. William Schaffner said, “The alcohol dilates blood vessels a little bit, and that makes it easier for your mucus membranes to deal with the infection.” That sounds like science to me. However, you don’t want to just shoot the whiskey straight. There’s more to it than that. You want a Hot Toddy to help clear your stuffy nose, calm your hacking cough, and soothe your sore throat.
It won’t keep you from getting a cold or make it go away quickly, but a Hot Toddy can help you feel better when you already have one. I’ll take it. The classic recipe for a Hot Toddy consists of 2 tablespoons of whiskey, 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, and a 1/4 cup of boiling water.
The steam from the hot water can relieve nasal congestion, the honey is good for your throat, the lemon contains immunity-boosting vitamin C, and the whiskey should help you sleep. Plus, it’s delicious. I’m looking forward to my next cold now.