Let it be known that I am not a whiskey drinker. That being said, after visiting family in Ireland about four years ago, I became an instant believer in the magical powers of a hot whiskey.
Christmas night, my friend, Lara, and I flew to Europe for a weeklong trip that included time in Ireland, Belgium, and ringing in New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam. But, when we arrived, we were feeling a bit under the weather. Our plan had been to spend a night out on the town for St. Stephen’s, and we didn’t want to miss it. That’s when my cousin suggested a hot whiskey and a nap. While I was less than thrilled about the idea of whiskey, I was surprised by how easy it went down. We drank up, and headed under the covers for one of the best naps I have ever had.
A few hours later, my cousins woke us up so that we could start getting ready for the night out, and both of us were shocked at how much better we felt. Not only did we feel well enough to party all night long, but we were good to go for the rest of our time in Europe.
Which is why, last week, when I was sick with a sinus infection, I immediately e-mailed my cousin, Michelle, for her hot whiskey recipe. Since cold season is in full swing now, at least in the United States, I figured I’d share the recipe with all of you. If you’re feeling sick, there’s nothing like a hot whiskey and a nap to get you back on your feet. Trust me.
1. Heat the glass with boiling water.
2. Pour it out, then add in three or four cloves and a spoonful of sugar.
3. Fill the glass halfway with boiling water, then add a generous measure of whiskey
4. Let it stand for about a minute.