Jan 03

Hot Lemon, Vinegar and Honey Cold Elixir

I woke up New Year’s Day with a little bit of a cold.  It wasn’t the best way to welcome in the new year, but it definitely wasn’t the worst cold I’ve ever had.  Basically, I have been battling the common cold symptoms: stuffy nose, sore throat, and a little congestion.

That worst part about being sick for me right now, is trying not to infect my family members.  It’s tough to shoo your little toddler away when she wants to cuddle up in your face.

The even worse part about getting sick this time around is the fact that I just bragged about not being sick in four years.  


Rookie Mistake Numero Uno  

Never jinx yourself by audibly announcing to anyone that you haven’t been sick, been called for jury duty, gotten in an car accident, or been pooped on by a bird.  

It’s Murphy’s Law and it’s bound to happen IMMEDIATELY after you finish your sentence.  


So here I am,  sick.  

And now I’ve infected my daughter with my germs and she’s got a runny nose too.  She’s cute about it though.  I’m just here blowing my nose and sounding all Drew Barrymore like, but she she’s adorable because she keeps telling us that she’s got mocos (boogers in Spanish).  It’s cute and sad at the same time.  


So I called my mom – we all call on our mommies when we’re sick – and she told me about this hot liquid concoction that she saw on the internet.  It supposedly can knock a cold right out of your body.  

Long story short, she sent me the link and I tried it out.  And I’m still sick!  Boo!!!   It didn’t work like the internet said.  

What??!?!!!   The internet is not always true?  

Yes, it’s true…… that the internet is not always true.   Am I confusing you yet?   


So anyhow, since I was already searching for cold and cough home remedies, I decided to taste test a few recipes and see how I felt about them.  Truth is, I have been drinking nothing but hot liquids and I’m getting a little worn out on Teavana and Sleepytime Tea, so the various mixtures have been a welcomed change.  

Out of all the different equations I tried, my favorite was a version very similar to the recipe my mother had suggested, using honey, lemon, vinegar and cinnamon.

By no means did this cure me of my cold.  I am not a doctor, holistic or otherwise.  I am just a sick girl with a craving for a different flavor of hot drink. Basically, it’s a Hot Toddy minus the whiskey, give or take a few ingredients.   Although, I’m actually considering adding whiskey, now that I’ve thought about it.  


  • Honey is used to help soothe a cough and can give your immune system an extra boost.  
  • Lemon is filled with vitamin C and can combat the strength of a cold and reduce phlegm -yuck.  
  • Apple Cider Vinegar can soothe a sore throat, help open up the nasal passage and contains potassium and enzymes that may relieve that tired groggy feeling.  
  • Cinnamon has been used by the Chinese for centuries to aid in defense against the common cold.  Also, it makes the drink a little tastier.


 Do you have a drink recipe that you always turn to for cold season?  I’d love to hear about it.  

Haley is a wife, SAHM, runner and yoga enthusiast. She spends her time juggling the duties of housework and motherhood, while training for her various endurance style events. 

Haley is a wife, SAHM, runner and yoga enthusiast. She spends her time juggling the duties of housework and motherhood, while training for her various endurance style events.

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  1. Crystal H

    I SO need this right now. Too bad I don’t have most of those ingredients in my pantry. Maybe I will pick them up tomorrow. Flu sucks.

    1. Haley

      Awhhh. I hope you feel better

  2. Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run.

    I tried something VERY similar to this once when I had a bad sore throat/cold and it was the worst drink I’d ever let pass my lips. HAHA

    1. Haley

      I actually don’t mind it at all. I like all the ingredients pretty much, so maybe that’s why.

  3. Nichole C

    Last year, I was very sick and made a hot tottie for the first time, this {minus the grossss whiskey} is pretty similar. Hope you’re feeling better, now!

    1. Haley

      Thanks Nicole. I am feeling much better.

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