Winter cold and flu season is in full swing, like it or not. Thankfully, it’s been known for a long time that while cough syrup rocks in the taste department to treat some of the symptoms associated with such illnesses, there’s a little tipple we all know and love that’ll do pretty much the same thing and buzz you up in a much more pleasant way. It’s whiskey, and here’s why science says it’s good for you and your cough.
A Carnegie Mellon study showed that moderate drinkers had increased resistence to viral infections. While booze won’t heal you, small amounts of liquor can help relieve the symptoms of sore throats, muscle pain, congestion and sleeplessness. Enter, the Hot Toddy: a tablespoon or so of honey and healthy squeeze of lemon juice mixed into half hot water and half whiskey, with a teabag and couple of whole cloves if you like.
It tastes so good you’ll be snoring peacefully before you realize you’ve drunk three.