Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Grandma’s Elixirs - Hot Toddy Cold Remedy

Grandma's Hot Toddy Cold Remedy - Hot tea, lemon, honey, ginger & cloves with a splash of good ole whiskey.

Hot Toddy Cold Remedy

Looking for a recipe on how to make a great hot toddy cold remedy? You've come to the right place, because it's nearly 2:00 a.m. and I have been up and down - meaning from the bed - on and off since earlier this evening. I have a horrible, horrible cold - the worse I've had in awhile. The Cajun is coming down with something too, and I called my son earlier and he left work early sick to go to the doctor and said my daughter in law isn't feeling well either. The worse part is that my brother is in town, and only for a few days! So we all have to get better quick!

There were several occasions that my Mama made a hot toddy for me growing up when I was feeling under the weather. It was, and remains, an old home remedy for colds and flu. I always thought it was interesting that parents were more than willing to pass on a bit of booze to their underage kids, but honestly we never looked at it as being cool, since we felt so bad. It was simply medicinal. I'm sure Mama only put the tiniest splash of whiskey in it anyway.

Traditionally a hot toddy uses Scotch Whisky, hot water, sugar and lemon, but my Mama always made her hot toddy with tea. This recipe is similar to her recipe, but I played around and added a few additional healing elements. I think it turned out great and I'm working on my second cup tonight before I crawl back into the bed.

Feel free to vary the tea too. If you're off to bed, a bag of Zen green tea and Calm are nice too. It really does seem to help make me feel better, and since I'm up, I figured I might as well pass it on. Hopefully you won't need it, but just in case, hope you'll remember seeing it here! But, if this is timely for you then while you're at it, check out my post over at My New 30 Blog for some natural cold & flu treatments geared toward sinus congestion.

I am praying that when I crawl back into that bed here in a bit, I will wake up in the morning feeling like a whole new person.

Now, I'm off to bed. Again. Cheers!

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Recipe: Grandma’s Old Fashioned Elixirs Hot Toddy Cold Remedy

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min || Yield: Makes 1

  • 1 oversized mug
  • 8 ounces of boiling water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 3 whole cloves
  • Cinnamon stick
  • 2 green tea or orange pekoe tea bags
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice and/or a splash of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 to 2 ounces of Jack Daniels whiskey
  • Slice of lemon

Boil the water, stir in the ginger, cloves and cinnamon stick; add the tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the bags. Zap in the microwave for 1 minute to get it back real hot, then stir in the honey, lemon juice and last, the whiskey. Drop in lemon slice. Drink it while it is still very hot, take a warm bath with some essential oils and crawl up in the bed.

If you’re not really accustomed to the liquor taste, you can add extra honey, or even sugar to help sweeten it more and mask it a bit, but don’t skip the honey. Taste before adding the sugar, then add a little, taste, etc.

Can substitute other alcohol in a pinch such as Wild Turkey, rum, scotch, or brandy. Can also omit the water and use hot apple cider.

Old Fashioned Tonic Remedy: Slice 2 organic lemons fairly thick and grate large pieces from a 1-inch fresh ginger root; alternate layers into a 16-ounce mason jar. Slide in cloves and cinnamon stick. Slowly warm 1 cup of local honey to loosen and pour over top of lemons and ginger. Seal and let cool, then refrigerate overnight. To use, scoop out 1 to 2 tablespoons of the elixir and add to a teacup or mug of hot water. May also add to other beverages, such as hot or cold tea, or coffee.

Rock and Rye: Layer 1 orange and 1 lemon sliced, in a mason jar. Add cloves and cinnamon stick, with 8 ounces of rock candy, and 4 ounces of maraschino cherry syrup. Cover with rye whiskey and refrigerate for 48 hours. Take by the spoon or add to beverages.

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Don’t combine alcohol with other cold medicines, especially those containing acetaminophen (Tylenol) as it can be damaging and toxic to the liver.

Will this cure a cold? Probably not. Will it make you feel better? Possibly. Here's why.

Lemon is high in Vitamin C, and may help to fight infection, and bring down fever. Lemon is soothing to the throat, may help sooth symptoms of tonsillitis and may help to cut mucus and phlegm.It also acts as a tonic to the liver.

Honey is soothing for the throat, helps sooth the sinuses and may calm coughs. Use local honey whenever possible.

The hot steam and the whiskey helps to open up airways and seems to create a rise in body heat, allegedly helping to "sweat out" the cold/flu symptoms.

Green tea is rich in natural antioxidants called polyphenols that appear to have more antioxidant affects than even Vitamin C. Green tea has the highest polyphenol content of all the teas, and chemicals found in green tea may be effective in treating symptoms of colds and the flu.

Cinnamon is an antioxidant powerhouse, having one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice – and even more than many foods. You'll find as many antioxidants in 1 teaspoon of cinnamon as a full cup of pomegranate juice or 1/2 cup of blueberries. It is also rich in polyphenols. These compounds appear to act like insulin in our body and may help regulate blood sugar levels.

Ginger has as many antioxidants as a cup of spinach, as has a long history of other comforting properties. For centuries, ginger was used as a natural remedy for a variety of conditions, especially soothing distressed stomachs. The potential benefits appear to be due to the anti-inflammatory properties of gingerol – one of the active ingredients in ginger. Some studies suggest gingerol may work like certain anti-inflammatory drugs (such as aspirin and ibuprofen) by inhibiting an enzyme that causes inflammation. Research indicates that ginger may offer pain relief for everything from arthritis to nausea and migraines.

Cloves are a mild anesthetic and anti-bacterial agent. High levels of eugenol act as an anti-inflammatory which may help with sore throats and it may also help the digestive system. They are also an excellent source of manganese, and a good source of vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium and dietary fiber.

Please review health disclaimer below & thanks to McCormick spices for some of this detailed information on its Seven Super Spices!

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