A Simple Whiskey Cocktail Will Help You Battle Flu Season

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Science says that drinking in moderation-as in two cocktails a day-can boost the body’s immune system.

But if you catch the dreaded influenza virus anyway this flu season (January and February are peak months), this tasty whiskey cocktail can make being sick it a little more tolerable.

The Kitchn originally posted a recipe for “Bourbon Cough Syrup for Grownups” that contains vitamin C-rich lemon juice, honey-a natural cough suppressant and decongestant -and, in a stroke of absolute genius, two shots of bourbon.

The author notes that the honey does most of the heavy lifting, but the pain-relieving properties of whiskey certainly won’t make you feel any worse.

Just be sure to stick to one of these cocktails per day and drink plenty of other fluids, as too much alcohol will dehydrate the body and lengthen the flu’s duration.

With mixing instructions from The Kitchn, here’s the recipe:

Bourbon Cough Syrup for Grownups

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  • 2 ounces bourbon whiskey
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  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (about 2 ounces)
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  • 2-4 ounces water (optional)
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  • 1 tablespoon honey

Mix the bourbon, lemon juice, and water (if using) in a tumbler or mug and heat in the microwave for about 45 seconds. (You can also do this on the stovetop in a little saucepan.) Take out and add the honey. Whisk to combine, then microwave for another 45 seconds.