Colonial Cough and Cold Remedy, w/ Get Well Card


A recreation of a recipe from the 1700s, this mixture of horehound, honey, and thyme was said to treat coughs and colds by colonial apothecaries. The taste is earthy and rich, meant to refresh and sooth. Makes 10-15 cups, depending on the quantities used. To brew, add 1-2 teaspoons to hot water. Steep for 3-5 minutes. Add additional honey or sweetener to taste.



Horehound Hot Toddy

To fight colds in the 1700s, colonists turned to a mixture of horehound, honey, and thyme brewed together in a cough and cold remedy tea. The earliest record of a medicinal toddy, “a beverage made of alcoholic liquor with hot water, sugar, and spices” is from 1786, although Robert Bentley Todd is credited with popularizing prescribing the hot toddy in the 1800s. Our recipe below marries these two remedy drinks.


  • 2 teaspoons Colonial Cough & Cold Remedy Tea
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 ½ ounces whiskey
  • 3 teaspoons honey, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste
  • 1 cinnamon stick

In a saucepan or teapot, simmer water. Add 2 teaspoons Colonial Cough & Cold Remedy Tea. Allow to steep for 3 minutes. Pour tea into a mug, adding the whiskey, honey, and lemon juice. Add additional sweetener if desired. Stir with a cinnamon stick and enjoy!

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