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.
9 Sick Day Drinks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cream of Coconut