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Hot Toddy | A spin on a cold weather classic

Now this time of year can yield a flurry of potential remedies for your cold symptoms. The truth may be, you didn’t prepare your immune system, and your body wasn’t strong enough. It’s a relentless exchange with fellow last minute shoppers, crowded public transit, and riveting family gatherings.

Science hasn’t confirmed whether or not to feed a cold or starve a fever. And your holiday obligations don’t look like they’re easing up. So let’s take advantage of getting some recovery aids while trooping through your remaining December schedule.


Ideally, you call into work, skip the gym, cozy up on the couch, and proceed to drink lots of fluids, eat when you’re hungry, eat nutrient dense foods, focus on immune boosting foods, up your pre and probiotics to feed your healthy bacteria, sleep, and let that body heal up. So let’s not go in with the intention of getting drunk.

Before you go murdering a half-dozen Toddy's, know that too much alcohol will do anything but make you feel better. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it pulls fluid from the body. When you’re already feeling like garbage, you’ll especially want to avoid hangover symptoms. So if you are self-medicating with one hot toddy, make sure to drink extra amounts of other, non-alcoholic beverages, like water, to replenish.


Green tea has been shown to boost the production of B cell antibodies, helping to rid the body of evil pathogens. It’s chalk full of antioxidants, antibacterial, and comes comes packed with l-theanine that may help you to relax and avoid anxiety.

Honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, and is an effective cough suppressant. Similar to sugar, honey can cause a rise in insulin and release serotonin — a neurotransmitter that improves mood and happiness. This is intern converted to melatonin, that affects length and quality of sleep.

Ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.

Bourbon fuelled the novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, and Ernest Hemingway during the first half of the twentieth century. No matter where it's from, the results are delicious with smoky, sweet, spicy, and/or slightly fruity variations, depending on the brand. I’ma sucker for Basil Hayden’s. At least keep it in Kentucky.


Bourbon Green Tea Toddy


4 green tea bags

24 ounces boiling water

1 lemon, cut into half-inch rounds

zest of 1 small orange

some fresh ginger

4 teaspoons of honey

8 ounces of bourbon


Place the tea bags in a pitcher, add the building water and let it steep for 4 minutes.

Lemon and orange zest up the mugs and add a few pieces of ginger.

Add the honey and bourbon to the mugs.

Add the tea and get hot and soothed.

This all sounds very therapeutic, be merry,

Coach Chesty