When you’re stuffed up and sick, there’s nothing better than a fragrant and boozy hot toddy. And it turns out that’s not just because of the cocktail’s mood-lifting effects. According to a doctor interviewed by ABC, “The alcohol dilates blood vessels a little bit, and that makes it easier for your mucus membranes to deal with the infections.” So while a cocktail won’t heal you, it can help your body heal itself. (Of course, too many cocktails will have varied negative health effects; practice moderation.)
Here, seven whiskey cocktails to help dilate your blood vessels and put you on the path to recovery.
1. Whiskey Chai
Creamy, homemade chai meets rich bourbon in this warm, boozy nightcap.
2. Gaelic Punch
Young Irish whiskey works best in this hot punch.
3. Old Irish Cure
According to the Irish-born chef Sean Muldoon, Irish people often drink whiskey mixed with ginger, honey and lemon to treat colds. This is a version of that potion.
4. The Turkey’s Wattle
This fantastic cold-weather cocktail gets its wonderful spiced flavor from apple cider, ginger beer and allspice liqueur.
5. Auld Alliance
Herbal, smoky and strong, this sinus-clearing cocktail is terrific with a smoky Scotch.
6. Marmalade Whiskey Sour
A teaspoon of orange marmalade gives this drink a bright citrusy flavor and silky texture.
7. Casting Aspersions
Honey and lots of fresh citrus juice make this a great cold-kicking cocktail.