However, a few months later I tried this again when I didn't feel well, but I got ill nonetheless......
When I lived in northern Japan, hot sake mixed with egg was a popular cold remedy in the countryside.
rthomson wrote:If I'm truly down and out with a cold or fever.......... I just can't taste or smell as much in that condition so I save the stuff until I'm feeling better.
Sounds like the ideal time to have a Ledaig sherry finish
Like Ron, I'd avoid whisky if I'm blocked up and only use whisky I wouldn't drink on its own for a toddy. Toddys really do work though. The evaporating alcohol seems to act as a decongestant and the honey and lemon always ease the aching throat.
Nock wrote:I am under the weather just now
and I was just wondering how many of you out there
handle your whiskey when you have a common cold.
Generally not, my ability to taste is impacted in an adverse fashion.
Aidan wrote:A hot whiskey is great when you have a cold. Many people over here use it in such circumstances.
In a heat-proof glass, pour a measure of whiskey, add a teaspoon of sugar, a couple of cloves and a slice of lemon. Top up with water off the boil. Put in face.
Nock et al:
I really concur strongly with Aidan as the hot toddy remedy works especially well for me when I'm down with a cold. I use honey instead of sugar for mine but the recipe is the same otherwise. Then I wrap up in a blanket and flannel PJ's and sip it down. You will break into a sweat and that seems to help break the cold. Also, you sleep better. Generally the colds and flus strike when we have milder weather in winter, around 10 to -5*.
(*Note: Considering we have -30 in winter here - 5 is mild)
DramMeister wrote:What about sore throats?
,...when it didn't get better I went for the most antiseptic whisky in the cupboard, QC, and it did seem to work.
Okay, here's my Dad's recipe for a sore throat: have a drink before bedtime and then wrap a wool scarf* around your throat and climb into bed. The wool seems to wick away the sweat and keeps the neck warm. Next morning no sore throat. Honest, it works.
(* If you don't have a wool scarf, use clean wool socks.)
Throughout the evening, his business agena and etiquette demanded that he stay with his colleagues despite his condition. Repeated visits to the bar resulted in his polishing off a healthy percentage of the house Auchentoshan.
Next morning, no 'flu...
Usually 1 sachet of Lemsip (a lemon flavoured parecetomal and decongestant product in the UK) in the bottom of a glass cup (of the type used for camomile tea), half fill with a suitable cheap single malt (Tesco's Own Brand Glen Rannoch @ £8.99/bottle is current favourite), and top up with boiling water. The resultant mixture is reasonably pleasant to drink with the whisky taking the edge off the medicine. Then retire to bed for a good sleep to awake cold free in the morning.
So definitely drink whisky if you have a cold, but keep the bottles of good stuff closed as the palette is not in a good position to enjoy their pleasures.
One cup of lemonade slowly heated up to not-quite-boiling, with 2 cloves, a bit of nutmeg, a stick of cinnamon/ground cinnamon, a teaspoon honey, a lemon wedge. Then he sieves it and pours it into a cup with a shot of a blended whisky (doesn’t heat the whisky with the rest of it). And if I do get properly ill, he adds ground-up paracetamol to it while it’s heating up.
But remember it’s a secret family recipe, so don’t tell anyone.
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