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12 Sick Day Drinks

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Grab your Snuggie and break out the alphabet soup—you’re calling in sick today. You need rest, relaxation and, most importantly, lots of liquids to kick that infection to the curb. Allow us to scribble out a prescription for you to drink your pain away. Here, the best cocktails to drink when you’re sniffly and achy.

A Hot Toddy does wonders for a cold or the flu. It may sound like an folksy hoax, but the effects of the warm, soothing classic is actually substantiated by decent medical evidence. From herbal tea to vitamin-packed citrus to throat-soothing honey, this is the ultimate sick day cocktail.

The Essentials

hot water
whiskey
honey
A raging fever calls for refrigerating countermeasures. Battle high temperatures with a cooling cocktail, designed to cool you down inside and out. Aloe liqueur will coat a raw throat and coconut water will help restore precious electrolytes. The honeydew creamsicle garnish doubles as an ice pack for your red-hot forehead.

The Essentials

cachaça
aloe liqueur
coconut water
Hydration is key to recovery, no matter what ails you. Before you reach for that third bottle of nuclear waste-tinted Gatorade, consider a switchel—a traditional fermented blend of maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and ginger known as “nature’s Gatorade.” Our version is spiked with a healthy dose of bourbon, which meshes wonderfully with the autumnal flavors and helps the medicine go down.

The Essentials

Bourbon
Maple Syrup
Ginger Beer
Don’t sit awake in bed tormented by that incendiary cough. Quell your aching throat with a heaping helping of honey syrup mixed into a Prohibition-era Bee’s Knees. Made with fresh lemon juice (get that vitamin C!) and gin, it might not cure your cold, but it will certainly make getting through it a lot more fun.

The Essentials

Gin
Honey Syrup
Fresh Lemon Juice
Mother knows best. Like a healing wind blowing in from the Caribbean, the Bahama Mama comes packed with three different kinds of citrus to overload your body with tropical vitamins. A dash of coffee liqueur alongside a blend of rums will even give you a little afternoon energy boost, should you feel deflated by your biological adversary. This tall drink will instantly whisk you away from your aching body.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
Tia Maria
pineapple juice
Broth has evolved in recent years from a kitchen cabinet staple into a drinkable health solution, boasting benefits like stronger bones, healthier skin, better digestion, and immune system support. We prefer ours spiked with vodka and a few dashes of Tabasco sauce, cayenne and Worcestershire.

The Essentials

Vodka
Beef Broth
Worcestershire sauce
Ginger reduces nausea, soothes aches, fights infections and tastes great in cocktails—it’s a quadruple threat. This classic cocktail includes fresh ginger for an extra spicy bite, along with smoky scotch, which will help ease your mental anguish.

The Essentials

ginger root
blended scotch
lemon juice
Pomegranate boosts your immune system and delivers enough antioxidants to help you quickly recover from a cold. The curative fruit stars in this lively take on a Martini alongside vodka and a bit of lime juice. The bright pink color alone will have you feeling sunnier in no time.

The Essentials

grapefruit juice
vodka
lime juice
A sick day drink should do one thing above any other: alleviate pain. This tiki stalwart gained its recuperative reputation from the comforting taste of sweet coconut, which wraps your sickly frame in a creamy tropical blanket. Don’t worry—it’ll all be better soon.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
Pineapple Juice
Cream of Coconut
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A warm, buttery cup of boozy relaxation is the ultimate comfort, but making a batch of Hot Buttered Rum can be too much effort. Let the slow cooker do the work while you cozy up on the couch with your favorite blanket and some Full House reruns.

The Essentials

brown sugar
butter
rum
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This customizable Hot Toddy is perfect for any level of sickness, whether you’re coughing your lungs up or just starting to sniffle. Letting hot tea steep longer in the scotch mixture mellows the liquor further, so you can temper the peat fire depending on how much you can handle based on your condition. Because when you’re sick, you deserve whatever you want.

The Essentials

scotch
Mint Tea
Lemon Iced Tea
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There’s pretty much no ailment turmeric can’t help. Used for centuries as an Ayurvedic curative, the bright yellow root is packed with curcumin, which helps reduce inflammation and fight off microbes. Combined with carrots rich in immune-boosting beta-carotene, this colorful tonic will set you right. Bonus: The cheery cocktail is pleasing to the eyes too.

The Essentials

vodka
carrot juice
turmeric

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