Feeling sick? You’ll want to try my four ingredient, non-alcoholic hot toddy to sooth your cold, cough, or sore throat. It’s so much better than cough drops!
For the last month I have been sick. Like hacking-out-a-lung-no-voice-the-doctor-is-my friend-sick. I think my issues are finally getting sorted out, but I’ve cracked a rib from coughing so hard in the process, so renovations probably won’t be happening until after Christmas.
Update: I did not actually crack a rib, but it sure felt like it! Apparently I strained my intercostal muscles. Considering I’m a classical singer and use them more aggressively than most of the population on a regular basis, my cough was extreme.
However, one happy discovery through all of this was this hot-toddy recipe that kept my coughing to a minimum. The Dad of one of my voice students suggested it, and I was so glad he did. This version is non-alcoholic, but you can add your alcohol of choice if you’re so inclined.Feeling sick? Try a non-alcoholic hot toddy to soothe your cough and cold.Click To Tweet
Because it has no alcohol, this hot toddy recipe is a perfectly safe sore throat remedy for kids, adults, and pregnant women. I know firsthand how frustrating it is when you’re sick and pregnant and you can’t take anything to make you feel better!!
The main ingredients are lemon and honey, but the spice that makes this one a bit different from other toddies out there is cinnamon. I’m a huge fan of cinnamon, so this drink made my taste buds quite happy.
- 1 cup boiling water
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
1. Set a kettle of water to boil.
2. Cut a lemon in half. Juice one of those halves, and save the other half for another cup later.
3. Add lemon juice, honey, and cinnamon to 1 cup of boiling water. Drink as needed.
Nothing except time and rest can really fix a cough, cold, or sore throat. This hot toddy will just make you feel better until your body heals.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 155mg Carbohydrates: 42g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 36g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g
Should you get sick of this delightful hot toddy drink, I also have 5 other natural options to soothe a sore throat that I personally use. You may know me as a garden blogger, but in my first career I’m a classical singer, and I know how frustrating it is to be sick with no voice, but you have an engagement that you have to power through because there’s no one to replace you and you can’t cancel.
Here’s hoping you’ll keep healthy during this cold and flu season! And if you don’t, you know where to turn.
Need another use for all those lemons? Check out these 10 citrus recipes!
Do you have any secret recipes for healing when you’re sick? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
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