After three days of the world's nastiest cough (and a day and a half of the world's nastiest cough medicine), I have perfected the throat-soothing Hot Toddy. I have also consumed a goodly portion of the whiskey Certain Very Nice People left at our house and have urged Stephen to reconsider his aversion to curtains--at least in the kitchen, the window to which which faces our next-door neighbors' living room window.
Would you like the recipe?
There's actually a daytime version and a nighttime version. (Think DayQuil/NyQuil.)
For daytime, you heat almost to boiling:
1/3 c water
2 tbl fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tbl honey
while stirring well to get the honey good and dissolved. Then you put 1 1/2 tbl bourbon into a good china teacup (mostly to fool the neighbors, but also because using the right cup can make the medicine more effective), and pour the almost-boiling lemony stuff over it.
It makes a very small but moderately effective serving. I wouldn't drink more than two of those per day, especially if you plan on a nighttime serving. Also if your neighbors monitor your recycle bins. Or work for CPS.
For nighttime, you halve the honey, double the bourbon, and increase the water to a scant 1/2 cup.
Because getting a good night's sleep is half the battle, right?