Closing the medicine cabinet and opening the liquor cabinet

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It was right around 1996 and my grandmother, living in Onawa, Iowa, rang my apartment in Covington, Ky., to see how I was doing. I had a cold like the one I'm nursing right now and, because my decongestant didn't seem to be wokring, she suggested I try a Hot Toddy. She was surprised I didn't know the ingredients. I mean, come on, here I was living in the land of Jim Beam, made in Frankfort, Ky. She instructed that it was a touch of bourbon added to warm water and lemon. Of course there was nothing my place, except for water. Today was a different story, sort of.

With the help of my husband (read: a trip to the liquor store) and a recently purchased cookbook "In the Land of Cocktails" (William Morrow $19.95), I whipped up my first hot Toddy. In their book, cousins Adelaide Martin and Lally Brennan, proprietors of the New Orleans' famed Commander's Palace, offer their version of a Bourbon Hot Toddy, a drink their parents gave them when, as children, they were under the weather. In small sips, of course. The nutmeg, in this version, is a nice touch. Cuts the edge.
The single serving recipe follows.

2 ounces bourbon
1 teaspon honey
6 ounces hot water
1 cinnamon stick
3 dashes of nutmeg

Directions: combine bourbon and honey in a brandy snifter. Add the hot water and stir with a cinnamon stick. Garnish with nutmeg and serve immediately.

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Lisa, hope you are feeling better. A few years ago, the old owner of Dharma Garden made me some Tom Yum soup when I had a bad cold. It did the trick. She's gone, but I still order Tom Yum soup when I'm congested.

While I'm certainly sorry you're under the weather, I must say that your food and drink choices have been just perfect for this cold weather. I'm used to being hungry at 10 in the morning. I am not used to wanting bourbon at this early time. But I do! Mmmmm....

The Dharma Garden you're talking about is the Thai vegetarian restaurant at 3109 W. Irving Park Rd., correct? I've heard it's amazing. Thanks for the suggestion, I'll have to get there in the next couple of days.
And thanks for reading and taking the time to write.

Now I'm not suggesting you drink your breakfast here, but if you are so moved to, just make sure you've already called in sick to work and are planning to spend the day in bed with a box of tissues.


Try some cognac. My dad has stood by it for years and I use it for colds. Kills germs and puts ya to bed. It seriously works!

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