I have a cold. I feel terrible. I'm sniffling, sneezing, and coughing! Unfortunately, we all have to endure these nasty illnesses now and then, but it sure is tough to get the rest you need to recover when you can't get comfortable.
The pharmaceutical companies have hit the jackpot with their cold remedies, and I think I've tried them all. But I am here to tell you that, once again, with this cold I have rediscovered my favorite all-time cold medicine is not any of the myriad, over-the-counter remedies that line the shelves at the drugstore. For me, the best all-around cold remedy is good, old fashioned, tried and true... WHISKEY!!
For me, colds have a tendency to settle in my chest. Mom used to rub me down with Mentholatum. That is still o.k., but the heat is on the outside. With a straight shot of whiskey, the heat travels down my throat, then spreads all through my chest and is so soothing. I find that a few good sips of straight whiskey help my cough more than anything else I've tried. It has the added benefit of relaxing me so that I can finally drift off to sleep.
I have used whiskey for my children's coughs, too. But they don't drink it straight! In fact, it's only a teaspoon or so at a time for them. I heat honey, add a little lemon juice, and then a little whiskey. Honestly, this recipe has given wonderful results for cough relief when the bottles of cough medicine that cluttered the medicine cabinet did nothing to help.
My favorite brand of whiskey is Canadian LTD. I just like that it is smooth, but also packs a punch.
I have learned to enjoy straight whiskey over the years. Usually, though, the only time I drink it is when I am sick. It's good 'on the rocks' too, but that takes from its potency if you let it sit too long.
If you've never tried a good stiff shot of chest-warming whiskey for your cold symptoms, I recommend that you do. You might be pleasantly surprised.