7 Best Cocktails to Combat the Common Cold

The one piece of advice you will always get when you are feeling under the weather is to drink plenty of liquids. Not only is it imperative to stay hydrated so your immune system can fight its battles, but it also helps to flush toxins out of your system faster. Sometimes, though, you just want a nightcap that will help you sleep a bit.

When it comes to combating the common cold, these cocktails full of sniffle-soothing ingredients like honey, hot tea and warming liqueurs, are sure to do the trick.

1. St. Bruno's Cure


Adam Hodak, beverage director at the cocktail bar Green Russell in Denver, Colorado developed this cocktail specifically for customers feeling under the weather.

The combination of bitters, fresh lemon juice, gin and peppercorns helps to cure a cold and the spiciness helps to clear congestion. Get the recipe here.

2. Margarita


In the 1930s, doctors in Mexico recommended a little bit of tequila to make recovery that much easier.

Lime juice has lots of Vitamin C and a bit of agave helps to eliminate bacteria and soothe sore throats. Get the recipe here.

3. Hornitos Tequila Toddy

Tequila can do more than turn a party into a fiesta. When served warm, it can be the perfect cold remedy.

Combined with lemon juice and honey, the health benefits of tequila include helping the body rid itself of toxins. Get the recipe for this cold-fighting concoction here.

4. Honey Toddy

If you need something stronger than herbal tea but want the soothing effect of honey, Jim Beam Honey whiskey is for you. Mix it with the warming spice of clove and cinnamon sticks, some lemon and hot water and you've got a grown-up tea your grandmother would be impressed with.

Get the recipe here.

5. Classic Hot Toddy

The hot toddy has been soothing throats and clearing lungs for years. Made with spicy cinnamon, honey and bourbon or dark rum, it's a grown-up version of hot apple cider that gets your blood flowing.

Get the recipe here.

6. Bourbon Cough Syrup

Back in the day, cough syrup had alcohol in it because it helped to break fevers and sweat out the rough stuff that was keeping you sick.

Make your own with a shot of Irish whiskey and soothing honey and lemon. Get the recipe here.

7. Spicy Bloody Mary

The tomato juice in Bloody Mary mix is rich in antioxidants that will help to replenish and flush your system when you are starting to feel under the weather.

Making it spicy helps to clear congestion. Get the recipe here.

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