7 Delicious Cocktails To Help You Fight a Cold

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7 Delicious Cocktails To Help You Fight a Cold

It seems like everyone I know has managed to already get a cold (or something worse) this winter. Mine hit me like a wrecking ball the day after Christmas, and a few days after, two of my friends came down the bug. Naturally, my boyfriend followed with a cold of his own just a few days later…and so began the cycle of winter colds in my life.

When you’re sick, nothing beats being curled up in blankets to binge-watch your favorite Netflix show between sips of NyQuil. There are also a number of cocktails that can help you power through. The Hot Toddy has long been touted for its ability to help you fight colds and ease the pain of sore thoughts. If congestion is your issue, then a spicy cocktail can also be a welcome relief. Making a drink with a pepper vodka, for instance, can help clear out congestion (and be a tasty treat to boot).

If you or a loved one is suffering from a 2017 cold (or a 2016 one that just won’t go away), here are a few cocktail ideas that can help you power through to recovery.

Dewar’s Hot Toddy

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1 part Dewar’s 12 Blended Scotch Whisky
3 parts hot water
1 tea bag
Honey and lemon juice, to taste

Directions: Coat the bottom of a mug or an Irish coffee glass with honey. Add Dewar’s and the lemon juice. On the side, heat water in a tea kettle and add the tea bag to make hot tea. Pour the hot tea into the glass and stir.

That Dog’ll Hunt


2 oz. Dixie Black Pepper Vodka
1 dash of orange bitters
0.5 oz. simple syrup
1.5 oz. orange juice
1.5 oz. fresh lime juice

Directions: Shake with ice and strain into rocks glass. Garnish with bell pepper and a pinch of mint.

Orchard Toddy

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1 bottle Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple
4.5 oz. Scotch or Irish Whiskey
2.25 oz. lemon juice
3 oz. honey ginger syrup**
3 oz. water

Directions: Add all ingredients to a slow cooker and set at low heat. Allow to heat up and then serve and garnish with a lemon wheel studded with cloves. If using a stovetop, add all ingredients to a small saucepan and simmer over low heat. Be careful not to allow the mixture to get too hot because the alcohol will boil off.

**Honey Ginger Syrup:
2 cups honey
1 cup water
2 tbs finely chopped peeled ginger

The Spicy Buck

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1.5 oz. Dixie Black Pepper Vodka
4 oz. ginger beer
1/4 tsp pickled jalapeño juice
Add splash of soda
Juice of 1/4 lime

Directions: Add all ingredients to a rocks glass and stir. Add ice. Garnish with pickled jalapeño slice.

Warm Apple Pie

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2 oz. Winter Jack Tennessee Cider
3 oz. Hot Chai Tea
.5 oz. Maple Syrup
1 Lemon Slice
Whipped Cream

Directions: Squeeze lemon in bottom of mug. Add tea and Winter Jack. Stir in maple syrup and top with shipped cream.

The Dixie Firefly


1.5 oz. Dixie Black Pepper Vodka
1.0 oz. ruby red grapefruit juice
.75 oz. lime juice
.50 oz. simple syrup

Directions: Shake and pour over ice. Garnish with a fresh jalapeño.

The Salt & Pepper Martini

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2 oz. Dixie plain vodka
2 oz. Dixie Black Pepper Vodka
2 oz. brine from olive jar

Directions: Shake all together and pour up in a martini glass with one or three olives – two is bad luck!

Emily is Paste’s Assistant Drink Editor and can’t wait until cold season is officially over. You can follow her on Twitter @emily.