Can cocktails 'cure' the cold?

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Discover traditional cocktail recipes that can help fiend off those winter bugs.

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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Bloody Mary

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.

Moscow Mule

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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Harvey Wallbanger

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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