Flu-Fighting Bourbon Cough Syrup Recipe


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It’s cold out, and you know what that means… it’s flu season. Laying in your bed with the chills, sweating and covered in used tissues isn’t exactly how I like to spend my holiday season.


Luckily, there’s a solution to when you feel like garbage, and it involves alcohol. Bourbon, to be exact. Instead of going to the drugstore in to grab some cough syrup, make your own!

All you’ll need to make this homemade cough syrup recipe:

  • 2-4 oz. water, depending on how strong you’d like it
  • 2 oz. arm bourbon
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 lemon’s worth of juice
  • Ginger (optional)
  • Echinacea (optional)

The classic bourbon cough syrup is warm bourbon and honey with a squeeze of lemon. It’s delicious, full of antibacterial and soothing properties, and I’d drink it even if I weren’t sick.

Adding ginger to the water and brewing it like a tea adds a bit more flavor and beneficial properties to the syrup, including soothing an upset stomach.

Echinacea, another optional ingredient, helps fight infection and is commonly sold at drugstores. Add this to your tea for an instant boost of immunity. This recipe has been around for a long time, and after trying it, I understand why. This is now my preferred choice over buying cough syrup at the drug store.

Regardless of how you make your bourbon tea, I hope you get well soon!