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Oct 8, 2008 11:09 AM

Anyone else use alcohol as cough syrup?

So it's three am and I can't stop coughing. My lousy cold that was just a pest earlier has progressed to seismic fits of coughing. No cough syrup in the house so in desperation I pour a small glass of kalhua. Works like a charm, and I keep the bottle on my bedstand just in case. Only problem is I'm so clogged up I can't even taste the kalhua goodness. Obviously I'm not pouring myself a dose before I leave for work but anyone else do this? Or is it a waste of good kalhua? A couple of years ago I had a similar problem and slowly disposed of a crappy bottle of rum that someone had given me. Not being able to taste properly has it's benefits!

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  1. When I was sick as a little kid my grandmother would make up a concoction of honey, lemon and bourbon and I'd eat spoonfuls of it (call DYFS!).

    1. Yup. Works great. I keep a glass of brandy by the bed instead of Kahlua, but the principle is the same. My roommate turned me on to honey, lemon, brandy and hot water (classic hot toddy recipe), and even my doctor approved it: alcohol is a cough suppressant, and the various other ingredients help break up the congestion and sooth the throat. So much better than cough syrup!

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        I love a brandy hot toddy for a cold or flu. It is the best remedy out there.

        My mom used to keep a pint of Yukon Jack in her medicine cabinet.

      2. My father, a retired medical expert and administrator, swears by Fernet Branca, Branca Menta, or a combination of the two. he makes up his mixture and actually keeps it in a cough syrup bottle with a Branca label on it, by his bedside.

        My mother, a nurse, always made me tall, tea hot toddy's as a kid when I had a cough. Hot water, a tea bag, honey, lemon, and whiskey. It would loosen up my chest and put me to sleep. i still like them now and then.

        1. A lot of men of a previous generation took a dram of scotch as a remedy for a sore throat. I have tried it (no ice) and, if taken at the first sign of an oncoming cold, it seems to help with the sore throat I always get before the respiratory symptoms come on. Seems to do the trick for me...

          1. I use scotch for a sore throat. I'll drink 1-2 glasses at night if my throat is really sore, then the next morning I'm usually fine.