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.