Fight The Flu With This Delicious, Healing Cocktail

Flu season is in full affect. Noses are running, throats are raw, fevers are running high, and people are generally miserable.

Luckily, The Kitchn has a solution that will help ease the pain of flu sufferers everywhere: a cocktail.

Yes, a cocktail. It’s called the “Bourbon Cough Syrup for Grownups”, and it’s delicious.

The most important ingredient in this flu-fighter is bourbon — though other forms of whiskey like Scotch or rye will probably do the trick. The other ingredients in this tincture are honey, lemon juice, and for those who have a tough time stomaching whiskey, water for the purpose of dilution.

Honey, in case you didn’t know, is a natural cough suppressant, decongestant and sleep aid. Even more importantly, it’s also a natural antibiotic. Lemon juice, meanwhile, is loaded with vitamin C, which will help your immune system get back into fighting shape. Whiskey, finally, as dozens of cowboys, writers, and even a few scientists have told us, will simply cure what ails ya.

All this to say that these ingredients have definite health benefits, and when they’re combined into a cocktail, they’ll give you a much needed boost in your fight against the flu. Of course — overdoing it on these cocktails can also have adverse effects, so be sure to limit your consumption to one a day. Maybe two.

Here’s how The Kitchn recommends you make this healing cocktail.

Bourbon Cough Syrup for Grownups

Ingredients:
2 ounces bourbon whisky
1/2 lemon, juiced (about 2 ounces)
2-4 ounces water (optional)
1 tablespoon honey

Instructions:
1. Mix the bourbon, lemon juice, and water (if using) in a tumbler or mug and heat in the microwave for about 45 seconds. (You can also do this on the stovetop in a little saucepan.)
2. Take out and add the honey.
3. Whisk to combine, then microwave for another 45 seconds.

Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor is a globetrotting writer currently based in Ottawa, Canada. He covers mixed martial arts for Fightland and Vice Sports, and freelances for a number of other publications. Follow him on Twitter @TomTayMMA.

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