Colds and Hot Toddies

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Colds and Hot Toddies

Here in New York’s Scenic Hud­son Val­ley, we are still dig­ging out from two big Nor’easter storms that we’ve got­ten in the past week. There are huge piles of snow and big bro­ken tree branches all around my prop­erty, but my fam­ily was thank­fully spared from the power out­ages that hit this area hard and our lit­tle house is still stand­ing. Unfor­tu­nately, I’m on my sec­ond week with a nasty upper res­pi­ra­tory infec­tion that my kids have caught as well so no sled­ding or snow­man build­ing for us. My dogs, how­ever, had a grand old time jump­ing around their frozen play yard, so there’s that.

I recently learned that hot tod­dies can be made with pineap­ple juice and rum. Not for the kids, of course, although it would have been accept­able for pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions, and while it did not really much help my symp­toms but it did help me care a lit­tle bit less about them for a lit­tle while. You can make the tod­dies with any kind of juice, appar­ently, and what­ever spirit you pre­fer as well — the key ingre­di­ents besides the booze and juice are honey and cin­na­mon. Heat the juice, add the other stuff, stir, and enjoy!

My mom used to make hot tod­dies with orange juice and whiskey before I devel­oped a food allergy to oranges, but they are tra­di­tion­ally made with tea. Here is a link to a recipe for that: Dr. Pat’s Hot Toddy Cold Remedy

I’m going to have to cut this post short as there are cough­ing chil­dren who need my atten­tion (so no tod­dies for me). I hope you are all safe and warm and well. I’ve got over the counter cold med­i­cines, Vick’s Vapor Rub, and chicken soup to try to get us through our win­ter sick­nesses but I am open to sug­ges­tions. If you’ve got a favorite home rem­edy or win­ter com­fort food, please share in the com­ments section.

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MJ Steven­son, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla​.com. She lives in a wood­land shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her fam­ily and a large pack of guardian com­pan­ion ani­mals.

Here in New York’s Scenic Hudson Valley, we are still digging out from two big Nor’easter storms that we’ve gotten in the past week. There are huge piles of snow and big broken tree branches all around my property, but my family was thankfully spared from the power outages that hit this area hard and our little house is still standing. Unfortunately, I’m on my second week with a nasty upper respiratory infection that my kids have caught as well so no sledding or snowman building for us. My dogs, however, had a grand old time jumping around their frozen play yard, so there’s that.

I recently learned that hot toddies can be made with pineapple juice and rum. Not for the kids, of course, although it would have been acceptable for previous generations, and while it did not really much help my symptoms but it did help me care a little bit less about them for a little while. You can make the toddies with any kind of juice, apparently, and whatever spirit you prefer as well – the key ingredients besides the booze and juice are honey and cinnamon. Heat the juice, add the other stuff, stir, and enjoy!

My mom used to make hot toddies with orange juice and whiskey before I developed a food allergy to oranges, but they are traditionally made with tea. Here is a link to a recipe for that: Dr. Pat’s Hot Toddy Cold Remedy

I’m going to have to cut this post short as there are coughing children who need my attention (so no toddies for me). I hope you are all safe and warm and well. I’ve got over the counter cold medicines, Vick’s Vapor Rub, and chicken soup to try to get us through our winter sicknesses but I am open to suggestions. If you’ve got a favorite home remedy or winter comfort food, please share in the comments section.

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MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals.