I love this time of year for many reasons, but first and foremost, I love it for the warm cocktails that are more readily available in bars, restaurants and my own home. One of my favorite warm cocktails of the season is the Hot Toddy, not only because it warms up chilly bones, but because the mixture of sweet and spicy bourbon, honey and lemon serves a more medicinal purpose than most over-the-counter drugs available on the market today.

Do you easily get a stuffy nose or head cold during the winter months? Drink a Hot Toddy. Prone to flu-like symptoms? Drink a Hot Toddy. Perhaps you are like me and you have a chronic cold/cough from December to March? Drink a Hot Toddy. Do you see the pattern here?

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