- Food & Drink
It’s claimed that there is no known cure for the common cold. This is a lie. There’s an excellent cure, but an evil conglomerate of tissue knitters, cough syrup brewers, paracetamol miners and chicken soup enthusiasts have got together and promoted this falsehood in order to sell you more of their symptom relievers.
Listen to their lies no more. Instead get yourself to your drinks cabinet/shelf/secret cache and fetch down a bottle of good whisky. Good whisky is important. Colds put up a fight and sappy, mass market dishwater will fall at the first hurdle, so pick something with a bit of class. Then use it to make a hot toddy.
The citrussy antiseptic of lemon, the antibacterial sweetness of honey, the numbing fragrance of cloves, all backed up by a slug of take-no-prisoners whisky. No cold can survive it. To be certain, take a maximum of two hot toddies before bed. You’ll sleep through the snot retreats and throat degravelling, and in the morning the world will be a glorious place.
50ml good whisky
1 thick slice lemon
1 heaped tsp good honey
1 Pour the whisky into a heatproof glass or mug. Halve the lemon slice, stud with the cloves and add to the glass with the honey. Top up with hot water – about 200ml should do it. Leave for a couple of minutes to infuse, then give it a bit of a stir before drinking.