Besides the constant nasal leakage, the sore throat was making me very unhappy. Thankfully, I have a weapon in my arsenal of cold-fighting tactics, older than Cold-Eeze and Airborne, possibly originating around the same era as parents the world over ladled chicken soup into bowls for sick children and found they felt better afterwards. It is... The Grandpa Calvin Drink.
My mom's dad is my Grandpa Calvin. Well, he was, at any rate. What is the proper etiquette for referring to deceased relatives? Just because he's not alive doesn't mean he's no longer my grandfather; I mean he's my grandfather in memory, right? Well, whatever. I'm going to use the present tense. Anyway, he passed along this concoction to make sore throats feel good, and I'm a huge fan.
The Grandpa Calvin Drink
- Fill a mug with milk, leaving a bit of room at the top.
- Sprinkle in some cinnamon. I added dry ginger to mine just before, and it was very nice.
- Microwave until very warm. Try not to boil it over like I did, but you want it to be hot. Alternatively, you can do this on the stove, but then that's one more pot to wash.
- Add honey until it's as sweet as you like it. I add what likely amounts to ~2 spoons.
- Optional: stir in a small bit of butter. This may aid the throat-coating, it may do nothing at all, or it may just taste nice. I tend to forget this step... maybe because I like my butter on toast, but hey. Whatever you like. :)
- Drink. Grandpa Calvin knew his stuff, people.
If I didn't have to drive to school later, I'd alternate a cup of this with a cup of tea with honey and whiskey to clear out my sinuses. You know, I've never been a fan of newfangled cold medicines. The normal ones tend to make me drowsy, and the non-drowsy formulas make me into a hyperactive lunatic. I'll stick to my Cold-Eeze, chicken soup, milk, tea, honey, and whiskey, thank you very much. Definitely tastier, at any rate...