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Hot Honey 'n' Lemon

Hello friends. It’s the season of sickness here in Chicago.

I rarely get sick (which makes me that much more of a wimp when I do succumb once or twice a year), but I definitely get the scratchy or achy throat. Especially when our church has just moved to a morning service and my throat isn’t used to making joyful noises at that early hour.

That would be the early hour of 10:30am.

Seriously, can you belt out an aria at 10:30 on any morning? And no, no one’s asking me to sing an aria exactly. But we’re getting way too distracted with this train of thought.

So: this is the drink my Mom made us when our throats hurt growing up. It says ‘comfort’ and ‘home’ and ‘coziness.’ And whether or not it’s a placebo effect, it really does make my throat feel better when I drink it.

I feel a little goofy calling this a recipe. But bear with me, because if you’ve never enjoyed this combination before, we might as well call this the Day of Enlightenment in your life.


(Serves 1)

1 c hot water

1 TBS + 2 tsp lemon juice

1 TBS + 2 tsp honey

Mix the lemon juice and honey into a mug full of hot water.

Hands courtesy of my husband.

Thanks, baby. Oh, and I love that orange sweater on you. I think you should wear it again asap.

Back to the drink. Taste and adjust–some people like it a little sweeter (me), some a little more acidic (my husband).

Drink up! Feel good. Drink some more! Feel even better.

I like it better than tea. It’s the perfect evening drink. And if you use fresh lemon juice, it’s that much awesome-er.

You can think of it as a kind of winter lemonade.

And don’t laugh at my ‘printer friendly version.’ I had to include it because of my . . . problems. Of the OCD kind.

Stay cozy everyone! That’s an order.

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  • We used something similar for a sore throat, but began by making hot tea and adding lemon and honey. It works well to temporarily clear out stuffy heads while soothing throats.

  • Wish I lived in the Windy City--I'd bring you soup. Sending you virtual soup from the Rocky Mountains just isn't as satisfying. Hope you feel better soon!

  • Surprisingly I've never done this. I've known about it but usually reach for tea and put honey in that instead. The best cure for a sore throat is mixing 5 drops of grapefruit seed extract with a glass of water, then taking time to gargle each mouthful before swallowing. It. is. awful. Truly repellant. But it seriously does the trick.

  • Chammomile is my comfort drink. Sick or not, it always makes me feel better. And I totally hear you about 10:30am on Sunday mornings. Our church recently moved our service from 11am to 10:30, and it is still killing us. :-)

  • I make a version of this when I'm sick, too. I use 4 slices of peeled fresh ginger, a few lemon slices and 2 Tbsp of good local honey. If I'm really sick and I can't sleep, I make a cup with 1 jigger of Weller's Reserve Kentucky bourbon, a tablespoon of honey, and 1/2 a lemon, squeezed. Warm in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir to combine and chug it. Sweet dreams!

    • What a great idea--ginger! And bourbon! We usually have ginger in the house--and we always have bourbon. =)