Hot Whiskey: An Irish Cure-All

Out on the town for St. Stephen's in Ireland.

Hot Whiskey: An Irish Cure-All

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.

My Irish bed.

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.

Out on the town for St. Stephen's in Ireland.

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.

Ingredients:
Cloves
Sugar
Hot water
Jameson whiskey

Directions:

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.

5. Enjoy!

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Comments (8)

  1. Kadie

    Where I’m from (where most of us are Irish decedents) we call that a Hot Toddy! It’s a really traditional thing but something I’ve never tried myself, it’s cool to see that it works!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Oh yes, I’ve heard of a hot toddy too! My Irish family always says, ah you’ll be fine after a hot whiskey, haha. You’ll have to try one!

  2. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    I will be trying this recipe for sure!!

  3. Val

    I was just in Ireland for the first time and got introduced to hot whiskey. I love it so much. I had a cold while there and it was the perfect drink to make me feel better!

  4. Lance | Trips By Lance

    My wife’s English cousins had something pretty similar, although it used what’s local to where I currently live: Jack Daniel’s.

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