Two Cocktails to Survive Flu Season
From Matt Merkin on Feb 13, 2013
Note: This is not medical advice, and I am definitely not a medical professional. You are an adult and should know better than to get medical advice from a booze blog. Now, go enjoy responsibly.
It's coming for you. It is only a matter of time. And if you're a night owl or a bar fly, it's a matter of sooner rather than later before you wake up a fevery, achy mess, completely useless to the world besides maybe refilling your trashcan with kleenex and re-watching Twin Peaks on Netflix.
You are young and virile, though, so you'll be back on top in a week, two tops. But what about that mucousy blackhole—what do you do during the flu?
I always heard that a glass of wine a day is good for your health. Logically then, two cocktails is even better…so I went ahead and created two to get you through the flu.
First, the Dayquilroni is an iridescent, non-drowsy take on the classic 1/3-1/3-1/3 Negroni recipe. And for the evening, I created the Lights Out Old Fashioned, a calming and cyan-hued update, which includes herbal tea-infused simple syrup and a touch of NyQuil.
Go fix these up and get comfortable. Season two is really weird.
Dayquilroni (Dayquil Negroni)
1.5 oz Gin
1.5 oz Sweet vermouth
.75 oz Campari
.75 oz DayQuil
Combine all ingredients in shaker and stir. Strain into rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with orange slice.
Lights Out Old Fashioned
1.5 oz Bourbon or rye whiskey (Bulleit Rye or Wild Turkey 101, recommended)
1 oz Sleepytime simple syrup*
15 ml NyQuil
1 dash Angostura bitters
2 dashes Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6
In a chilled rocks glass, combine the whiskey, Sleepy Time simple syrup and nyquil over a single large ice cube. Add bitters. Garnish with orange peel (optional).
*Sleepytime Simple Syrup:
Cold-steep one bag of Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Herbal Tea in pre-made simple syrup (1 part water, 1 part sugar) for 1-2 minutes, depending on how much of the tea flavoring you want to incorporate