I don’t know how things are where you are, but every frigging person I know is sick right now. Myself included. I’m not that bad off, just a crummy cough and some perpetual congestion, but 80% of the people I know are suffering through some stage of the flu or other debilitating throat/mouth/nose/face-destroying garbage right now. As my cough got rough and raw today, I remembered something I only know as “My Grandpa’s Cough Syrup” that I’d been given (in small doses) since getting ill in middle school (and I do mean ill, yo). I can only assume it came from my actual Grandfather, though I’ve heard variations of it from other people. All I can tell you is…I’ve been sipping on it for the past few hours and I’ve had nary a clearing of the throat since. In a word, “soothing”. So here I share my Grandfather’s cough relief remedy.
Pop-Pop’s Cough Remedy
2oz. Bourbon or whiskey (save the scotch for something else)
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
2 Tbsp Honey
Mix all ingredients in a lowball glass, serve over ice if desired
The honey takes a while to dissolve, but keep stirring and it will eventually break down. From what I can tell, the idea behind it is this: 1) The bourbon numbs the throat to the chronic hacking, 2) The lemon juice breaks down the (gross) mucus in the throat and works at solving the overall problem, and 3) The honey soothes and sweetens the otherwise harsh combination of the above ingredients. I like to add ice, because that’s how I drink my whiskey, and I feel like it serves to further numb my shredded and pain-ridden throat. I’m no doctor and you should under no circumstances take my words as fact, but what I can tell you is that for the past 3 hours I’ve been drinking this concoction, I haven’t coughed once AND I feel pretty damn good. So if you’re one of the many suffering from the end-of-winter sickness, I’d recommend sipping on this to keep you pain-free in every sense of the word.