Several friends have come down with “the crud” in the last few weeks. Not necessarily the flu, but just a general ick.

In hopes of easing the suffering of others, I’m going to pass on a secret family recipe passed down generation after generation in my family:


  • 2 Parts Lemon Juice or Lemonade (Depending on the Size of the Glass)
  • 2 Parts Whiskey
  • 1 Part Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar


Your home remedy may look like this.

Depending on the size of the glass and the severity of your symptoms, you may find that lemon juice works best (it’s more acidic), or you may prefer lemonade if you’re using a larger glass (it also works faster due to the proportions of other ingredients).

  1. Warm lemon juice / lemonade in microwave. Not too hot — just warm enough to dissolve honey / sugar.
  2. Add Whiskey (remember, equal proportions whiskey and lemon juice)
  3. Dissolve honey and sugar in the warm mixture.
  4. Drink

Repeat this as often as needed until you either feel better or don’t care.

Note: If short of ingredients, neither the lemon juice, the honey, nor the sugar are actually necessary. Work with what you’ve got.