In the strictest sense, alcohol, being a diuretic, is not something you should consume while you're sick. However, tradition and old wives tales have held for ages that few things soothe an aching, burning throat better than a good old-fashioned hot toddy and bedrest. Here are a few "cocktail remedies" for those days when you really need a soothing pick me up. Don't skimp on the ginger and lemon, and feel better soon!

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Smoky Lemon Martini from Leite's Culinaria

Smoky Lemon Martini from Leite's Culinaria photo by William Lingwood

Hot Toddy from AllRecipes

Hot ToddyCharleston Light Dragoon's Punch (Rum, Brandy, and Lemon Tea) from Serious Eats

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Hot Vodka with Honey from Food.com

Hot Vodka with Honey

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Smoky, Hot, Scotch Apple Cider from Chow

Smoky, Hot, Scotch Apple Cider from Chow Photo by Roxanne Webber

Bourbon and Ginger from Martha Stewart

Bourbon and Ginger

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Smoky Iced Tea and Whiskey Cooler from Serious Eats

Smoky Iced Tea and Whiskey Cooler

Hot and Nutty Whiskey Sours from Martha Stewart

Hot and Nutty Whiskey Sours from Martha Stewart