Bourbon Cough Syrup: How Your Grandparents Fought Colds

Warm weather and allergy season are hitting many cities across the United States right now. That said, most people will reach for a bottle of medicine when those allergies turns to a real head cold and sore throat. Medicine is fine, if you’re into that sort of thing, but we prefer natural home remedies that soothe and comfort. To us, there’s nothing more natural than a bit of bourbon.

In fact, people have been using alcohol to cure illness and soothe babies for decades. One particular writer here at Wide Open Eats worked with a gentleman who swore the only way to nip the flu at the bud was to drink tequila. And, of course, we’re all aware of how a finger of whiskey can soothe a baby. Whether you have a perfect remedy that you swear by or you’re looking for a simple recipe to try combating flu season the au natural way, this cough remedy will make you feel instantly better.

That said, Faith Durand has a recipe for bourbon-based cough syrup that any adult, sick or not, will enjoy. After hearing about this, we wouldn’t be surprised to find full-fledged adults faking sick. Find the original recipe on The Kitchn here.

How to Make Bourbon Cough Syrup

All you’ll need for this recipe is 2 ounces of bourbon; the lemon juice from half of a lemon; 2 to 4 ounces water; and 1 tablespoon honey. Enjoy this as a nightcap on colder evenings, and sip it when you’re sick for a good night’s rest. We enjoy this remix on a hot toddy when we’re perfectly healthy, too.

If you are sick, the bourbon will help you go to sleep. We’re not doctors, but something about honey and a good warm temperature will help soothe your throat. Lemons can pretty much cure anything, it seems. If you want a little more flavor, consider brewing some ginger tea to add in place of the water. This cold remedy is easily made with the simplest ingredients you always have on hand, even when a hacking cold or illness has you feeling low.

Feeling a little sinful? Pair this with our Brown Butter Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies. Trust us; it’s worth every sugary calorie.

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