I've made a lot of these this week.
1 nip whisky
1 nip lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey
200ml boiling water
Mix honey with boiling water and stir well to dissolve. Add lemon juice first, then whisky, and stir again. Taste, and add more honey if you like it sweeter. Serve with a side of sudafed or codral to taste...
Notes:A nip is 30ml, or 1 1/2 tablespoons.
This is a highly variable recipe. This week I've mostly been using dark rum, with a tiny dash of clove cordial. I also use Irish whisky - do not waste the single malt! Green ginger wine isn't bad, either, and brandy is classic.
The reason for adding the spirits last is to let the liquid cool a little, so less alcohol escapes. Alcohol is an excellent cough suppressant, and this can really help you get to sleep at times when it might be hard. A lot of alcohol is very bad for sleep, of course, but a little is no problem. The wowsers have caused this to be dropped from the repertoire of officially approved treatments for colds, but sod that. It works well. Don't drink 17 of them. Duh.