The Hot Toddy—Is It Really A Cure All?

For as long as I can remember, I have heard that when you first getting that tickle in the back of your throat, that signals an oncoming cold, you should mix yourself up a hot toddy.  My grandmother, my aunt, and my mother swore that the homemade concoction was a miracle cure all.

Although the hot toddy is believed to be more of a wives tale, than that of truth, one expert feels that the primary ingredients in the drink can possibly help you feel better, faster, but don’t expect your family doctor to jump at prescribing one.

The folklore behind the hot toddy—which is a mixture of hot water, lemon juice, honey, and either whiskey, rum or brandy—or in my grandmother’s version pure ol moonshine—is said to not only soothe a sore throat but can work to clear the congestion induced by the cold of winter weather.

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What is the most surprising is that there are believers today in the time-honored-cure.

When a creative director from Toronto, 37 year old Michelle Plett, was living abroad in the United Kingdom and caught a cold, a friend from Colorado in the US suggested that she try a hot toddy to help with her symptoms.

Plett says that she took the suggestion and is now hooked, as the concoction worked liked a charm.  Plett is quick to admit she tweaked the recipe a slight bit as she boiled lemons and ginger, and let them sit for 20 minutes.  She then added honey a little big of whiskey, and voila!  Her cold was gone!

Hot toddies can be used for any type of cold or flu symptoms, and are great for use in decongestion as well.  There is the added advantage that most individuals who use a hot toddy sleep well afterwards, which gives their bodies the time they need to heal and recuperate.