From the Margarita to the Bloody Mary, cocktails can help 'cure' colds.
As the frost begins to appear, unfortunately, so does the winter flu.
If you've caught a case of the sniffles, you might want to stay indoors and enjoy a cocktail in the comfort of your kitchen.
The first cold-fighting drink that comes to mind is no doubt a Hot Toddy - the perfect remedy to warm your soul and cure those winter blues.
But did you know other popular cocktails can help 'cure' colds?
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Back in the 1930s, when an epidemic of flu attacked Northern Mexico, Doctors prescribed tequila as the best medicine to fight it - who are we to argue?
Not only that, lime juice contains high amounts of Vitamin C and the nectar from the agave plant is known to help soothe sore throats.
- 25ml Tequila
- 12.5ml Cointreau
- 12.5ml Lime Juice
- Lime Wedge (To Garnish)
Method: Add all ingredients to the shaker with ice then shake for 30 seconds to chill and combine.
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A Spicy Bloody Mary is sure bet to help clear congestion. You can even add garlic to the traditional recipe which is a powerful antioxidant with its antiviral and antibiotic properties.
- 50ml Vodka
- 1/2 Lemon (Juice Only)
- 6 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce
- 3 Dashes Tabasco
- 150ml Tomato Juice
- Pinch Pepper
- Garlic (Optional)
Method: Add all ingredients minus pepper into a tall glass with ice and stir well. Adjust seasoning to taste by adding the pepper.
Swapping the ginger beer for fresh ginger and soda helps to make the Moscow Mule a mighty remedy. Ginger is a natural antiviral which helps to fight against illness and bacteria while helping to boost your immune system and acting as a natural fever reducer.
- 50ml Vodka
- 25ml Simple Syrup
- 25ml Fresh Lime Juice
- 1 Teaspoon Finely Grated Ginger
- 50ml Soda Water
Method: Combine vodka, syrup, lime juice, and ginger in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 30 seconds and strain into a highball glass filled with ice; top off with soda water and garnish with lime wedge and candied ginger.
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We know oranges contain high levels of vitamin c so why not enjoy a cocktail packed with sunshine? Vitamin C helps boost your immune system, alongside helping regulate blood pressure and improving circulation.
- 25ml Vodka
- 25ml Vanilla Liqueur
- 50ml Orange Juice
Method: Stir vodka and orange juice in a glass with ice. Float vanilla liqueur on top and garnish with orange slice.
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