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I’m in Scotland and a “hot toddy” before bed is a well known cold remedy - lemon juice, honey, grated ginger, and a dash of whiskey - only to be taken with no other drugs though! I hate whiskey so would sub in brandy instead.
Whisky is rank (sorry to my Scottish Granny!) However, brandy, lemon, honey and ginger is vair nice. Most Benilyn (so?) type meds have some alcohol in to make you drowsy. I never actually have brandy in these days tho.
wtffgs I had The Worst Cold Ever a few years ago when I lived on my own, and was actually crying to my mum on the phone because I felt so ill. She zipped round with a fancy crystal decanter of brandy and told me to keep it. When I moved in with DP I finally chucked it (it had seen me through a few colds since then) and bought a half bottle specifically for medicinal purposes. Neither of us would ever touch it as a drink, but it gets trotted out for vile colds.