Thursday, December 10, 2009

Trend Alert - Hot Toddy Oddy Oddy

Hot Toddy is the new black.

I was sick with what I assume was a stomach flu this past week. The day before it happened I read this blog post from Nonsociety's Jordan Reid, that for no reason in particular stuck in my head except for the fact that I thought to myself the next time I was sick I should try this.

I always say that three good things came from my relationship with the actor in LA: Lucy (she was sort of a gift from him), my BCBG wallet (my birthday present from him shortly before I found out he had been cheating on me for, oh, three months or so), and my go-to fever remedy. A few weeks after we first met I became very, very ill with a fever of about 102 (yes, I should have seen a doctor), and he told me his family remedy, which had me back on my feet within 24 hours.

(Disclaimer: I am obviously not a doctor, so please: take any medical advice I dole out with the requisite grain of salt. If you have a fever of 101F or higher, experience shortness of breath or stabbing abdominal or chest pains, expel colored mucus, or have any symptoms that last more than 7-10 days, see your doctor.)


1. Draw a bath, as hot as you can stand.

2. Climb in the bath with a hot toddy*, and drink the entire thing, no matter how miserably sweaty and overheated you get. Stay in the bath as long as you can stand, or until it begins to cool.

3. Immediately climb into bed and cover yourself with every single blanket in your house. You’ll be sweating profusely and desperate to throw them off, but don’t: the goal is for you to fall asleep, and for your fever to break. When I first tried this I woke up in a pool of sweat…but with a normal temperature.

Again, not a doctor…but it works for me. Try this at your own risk.


Combine the following ingredients in a large mug:

1-2 shots brandy or whiskey

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 cup hot water

1 tea bag (I use English Breakfast)

Optional: cinnamon stick

Well the next day I got sick and heard HOT TODDY on TV twice and overheard someone talking about it. So strange which is another blog entry all together, but I wont get all Deepak Chopra right now.

Anyways, I should have taken this as a sign but I couldn't get myself to clean the tub enough to want to bathe in it (it's clean, I just have issues) and was also too sick to get the ingredients. Next time I guess but I hope I don't feel like this again for a very long time. If anyone does try it, let me know how it goes!

This just looks so soothing and comfortable to drink! Mmmmm.

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