Whiskey and Honey

by Bella Rum

I have a stat counter on this site which I rarely check. A few days ago I conjured an interest in recent keyword activity. I thought it would be interesting to learn the “search words” that actually landed someone on this site.

The #1 search combination is held by healthy muffins or cholesterol reducing muffins, etc. In a post entitled “perfectly healthy muffins,”  I shared the recipe for The Husband’s favorite oat bran muffins, found in the 8-Week Cholesterol Cure. This is no surprise. Everyone is interested in health and anything related to health – diet, weight loss, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.

The #2 search combination is a little more surprising. I wrote a post about whiskey and honey. Most of these searches originated from the South. This is not a surprise. We like our old fashioned home-cures. Half of the success of such cures is derived from having someone you love make a fuss over you, and the idea that some long lost relative invented said cure. We love anything to do with long lost relatives. A little more surprising were some of the other locations – Dublin, Athens, and even Dubai.

The post was about my sore throat and The Brother’s offering of Jack Daniels and some honey – a gift from a beekeeper-friend of his. I didn’t actually share a bonafide recipe. So, to those of you who land on this site, believing you will find a cure for your sore throat, I offer the following recipes for a whiskey and honey toddy/cure. I’ll add this post to the sidebar under the heading of Particularly Palatable Posts in hopes that it will be easily found.
Caution ~

For a child under twelve months of age, there is a risk of botulism from eating honey, and it should be avoided in any form (including raw, cooked or baked into products).

The spores of the Clostridium botulinum bacteria can be found in honey, and when ingested by an infant, the spores can release a toxin that causes botulism.
Hot Toddy

1 1/2 ounces Whiskey
1 ounce Honey
1/3 ounce Lemon Juice
3 ounces Water (Hot)

Warm honey and lemon juice in microwave, then add hot water and whiskey. Otherwise, stir honey and lemon juice into hot water; allow it to cool slightly and add whiskey.

The Whiskey and Honey Cure

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  • 3 peppermint candy (the hard kind)
  • 2 tablespoons honey<!–honey–><!—->
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (this is actually to taste)

In a small fruit jar, place the whiskey and honey. Crush the peppermints well (this just helps them dissolve) and toss in the jar. If you need it, add the sugar, but if you don’t need it, don’t add it. Let sit and the peppermints dissolve. When you need it, take a spoonful; tablespoon if it’s very bad, teaspoon if it’s light.

For those who wish to avoid whiskey, I found an herbal tea (Throat Coat) that claims to sooth a sore throat.