When you’re not feeling so hot, is instant relief too much to ask for? (Answer: Of course not.) Since we haven’t cracked the whole “cure for the common cold” thing, we can’t just pop a pill and wake up feeling better. If you’re feeling sick, you deserve some comfort. Here are the top beverages that will do the trick, and you can whip them up at home with ingredients you likely  already have. So, until that cure is developed, don’t worry: we have bourbon.

Ginger Tea: A steaming cup of tea can be incredibly soothing, especially if you have a sore throat. Ginger tea takes it a step further by helping to ease congestion. It also aids digestion and alleviates the discomfort of an upset stomach. Bags of ginger tea are ok, but to pack the most punch, steep about a tablespoon of grated fresh ginger in boiling water four about 10 minutes. Pour the strained liquid into a mug, and then stir in some honey and fresh lemon. Tip: Avoid drinking anything that’s too hot or too cold, which can further irritate a sore throat.


Apple Cider Vinegar: In the past few years, it seems like apple cider vinegar has been touted as a wonder liquid with the power to help you with everything from whitening teeth to losing weight. And, it helps when you’re sick with the flu. Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial properties which can help kick the bacteria that’s making you sick. Try pouring about a tablespoon into a glass of water and keep drinking this mixture until you’re feeling better. If you want, sweeten with a bit of apple juice and spice it up with cinnamon.


Miso Soup: You probably already know the benefits of chicken soup (a childhood sickness favorite), but if you’re a vegetarian or just want to try something different, miso is for you. Try sipping the broth on its own or add egg and rice to make it more substantial, because when you aren’t feeling well, keeping your energy up and getting nutrition is crucial.



Sriracha Brew: This spicy red sauce has become not only a kitchen staple, but has gathered a cult following. It can also act as an expectorant, helping you to beat a cough. To blend your own cold-fighting concoction, steep ginger like you’re making tea, then add lemon and a few squirts of sriracha. You can even try adding it to your miso soup for extra kick.


Bourbon Hot Toddy: If your cold still has you feeling miserable at the end of the day, sometimes a nip of bourbon is in order. It might not have medicinal properties, but it certainly can soothe, especially when it’s in a hot toddy. Add a shot of to a cup of hot tea, honey and lemon, and sip before bed. Just remember: alcohol dehydrates, and too much of it can mess with your sleep, so stick to a one-toddy limit.