As January sees a surge in searches for ‘home remedies for cough’ and ‘home remedies for sore throat’¹, Tri Carragh spoke with an NHS doctor to uncover the potential health benefits of a dram of whisky in alleviating these conditions and share a recipe for the perfect hot toddy. 

Surprisingly, a hot toddy has some antiseptic properties, assisting in fighting off an infection. Dr Hana Patel, NHS GP, recommends this drink as a flavorful home remedy for common illnesses like colds, coughs, and sore throats. The warm drink soothes the throat, providing comfort and promoting relaxation. Whisky, especially when combined with honey and lemon, offers soothing properties that relieve sore throat discomfort and reduce coughing.

Whisky experts at Tri Carragh share recipes for the perfect hot toddy, including 60ml Scotch whisky, one tablespoon of honey, 22ml fresh Juice, and 240ml hot water.

Whisky’s alcohol content promotes relaxation and may aid sleep, while honey adds sweetness and soothes coughs and throats. Fresh lemon juice provides vitamin C to relieve sore throats, and staying hydrated with plenty of fluids is crucial during illnesses. Consider adding ginger for its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties, mint for respiratory benefits, and a pinch of cayenne pepper for potential decongestive effects.

NHS GP Dr Hana adds: “Single malt whisky is said to contain more antioxidants than red wine. Polyphenols in whisky have been shown to decrease ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL), increase ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL) levels, and reduce triglycerides or fat in your blood. As well as this, there is also evidence from a growing number of epidemiologic studies which have documented an association between alcohol consumption and lower risk for coronary heart disease.” 

Whisky specialist Ryan McCafferty says: “Whisky has always held a special place for many as a source of comfort, especially during the colder months. The warmth it brings not only eases the throat but also provides a sense of relaxation. It’s heartening to know that a simple hot toddy, with its soothing blend of Scotch whisky, honey, and lemon, can offer comfort during those days when you’re feeling under the weather. It’s not just a drink; it’s a moment of warmth and solace, a reminder that sometimes, a simple pleasure can go a long way in making us feel better.”

To learn more about the health benefits of whisky:

Let's Talk

We'd love to hear about your WILD ambitions, and discuss how we can help you achieve them.

Send us a message