It’s Cold!

cold cures

I know nothing about blizzards.  I know very little about multiple feet of snow.  Cold wind?  I can’t even.  Freezing rain!?  Are you for serious?

I have nothing but respect for those of you that live in temperatures that fall below 47 degrees F.  Mad respect.  Also… I really like your puffy jackets.  I’ve always wanted one of those, but I can’t deal with the freezing temps that go along with that sort of cuteness.

You and your snow tolerance?  Badass.  Me?  I’ll happily hop between California sun and Florida sun and visit New York in the Spring… late Spring.

That being said… even people in California catch a chill.  It’s mostly because we insist on wearing shorts year-round (but that’s neither here nor there).

Chilly temperatures require two things:  hot water and bourbon (in various incarnations).  Let’s explore.

A pot of hot water + A few glugs of bourbon + half an orange, squeezed + a big spoon of honey.  This fragrant orange treat is for days when you’ve got the ick-sniffles and need to justify your bourbon consumption with a dash of vitamin C.  It’s like adult Nyquil without the questionable cherry flavoring.

cold cures

A pot of hot water + a few glugs of bourbon + juice of a lemon + a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger + a big pinch of freshly grated nutmeg + a big spoon of honey.   

This drink is for those coooollldd night when you’re thinking.. hey!  I need some spice in my life… and then I need some open-mouthed sleeping.  Don’t you judge!

cold cures

A pot of hot water + a tablespoon of black tea + five whole cloves + a big pinch of freshly grated nutmeg + a big spool of honey + a splash of cream.    I like to consider this a creamy breakfast drink.  A punch of caffeine with spices and sweetness.  It’s goodness.!  Of course I wanted to add bourbon…  but I chose instead to be reasonable during the morning hours.  Tea for me!   Coffee soon to follow.

75 thoughts on “It’s Cold!

  1. It’s cold with about a foot of snow on the ground. Still love New York. Your right the Spring is a great time to be here. If you were here now I think these drinks would serve you well along with some hot chocolate.

  2. That is a lot of “some kind of wonderful!” in a couple of hours the kids will be getting up; maybe after breakfast doubt it very much clothes will be picked out…snow pants will be asked for along with gloves, hats and boots…. they will go outside to play in the snow and mom will be inside sipping the spiced tea….the bourbon one will have to wait a bit… ( maybe after lunch) I guess I’m not a bad-ass New Yorker – I enjoy the snow and watching the kids play in it from my warm comfy living room. Thank you!

  3. I have the dreaded flu at the moment so this post has just came at the right time :) I always have honey with lemon but I may pop some orange in there for some added Vit C!

    Thanks for sharing!


  4. Living in England I am very much the owner of a puffy coat. Not sure about the cuteness factor though! Great ideas for warming drinks. The second one is my cold cure. The teapot cheers it up no end. :)

  5. I made an orange loaf yesterday and I was thinking of what drink to make with it today. These are perfect! I think I’m going to make the third one… Love your blog :)

  6. The first drink? Yeah, we don’t use no fancy tea pots. It’s the lemon drink, and my dad insist we drink it when we are sick. Made with Wild Turkey. And lemon instead of orange. And no water to dilute. Bourbon, lemon, and honey. It is seen as a downside to being sick. Your version seems so much more pleasant.

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