I'm feeling a little under the weather this evening with a sore throat, which I guess means I'm catching the bug making the rounds at work. So I made myself a variant of my family's good-for-what-ails-ya drink. It's normally made with grappa or brandy, but since my grappa is currently soaking with artichoke and asperagus (on its way to becoming an amaro) I made it with rhum agricole, which I use as my go-to stand-in for grappa. Messing with the tried-and-true got me wondering what others make for themselves or their loved ones when they're feeling ill.
Anyhow, here's what I had:
2-ish healthy tablespoons of honey
1 good squeeze from a lemon
The same amound of strong tea as lemon juice
1 peppercorn, 1 bay leaf
Simmer the above ingredients for a minute or so. Add a healthy dose of grappa (or in this case rhum agricole), bring back to a simmer, pour immediately into a heated cup, and drink while hot.
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