This is about the only thing I've been drinking since I fell ill about 3 weeks ago. The first time I had a hot toddy was several years ago. It was made by my mother-in-law when I was sick on a visit to Indiana, and it was about the strongest drink I'd ever had. It put me on my ass for about a 5 hour nap. And I still slept well that night. I've heard that some folks drink them even when well, on a chilly winter's night.
The toddy is so simple yet so useful. The warm liquid soothes your throat, while the alcohol helps rock you to sleep. Or in the case of my mother-in-law's version, knocks you out with a sledgehammer.
The Hot Toddy
1 jigger (1.5 oz) of the cheapest whiskey you have on hand
boiling water to fill the rest of the mug
a squeeze of lemon
a spoonful of honey