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

Hot Toddy from AllRecipesHot Toddy

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

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Hot Vodka with Honey from Food.comHot Vodka with Honey

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

Bourbon and Ginger from Martha StewartBourbon and Ginger

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Smoky Iced Tea and Whiskey Cooler from Serious EatsSmoky Iced Tea and Whiskey Cooler

Hot and Nutty Whiskey Sours from Martha StewartHot and Nutty Whiskey Sours from Martha Stewart

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