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14 March 2010 @ 08:48 pm
i hab a code, part two  
Hot Flannel, per Georgette Heyer ("Sylvester", near the bottom of p. 80 in my edition, otherwise about 3/4 of the way through chapter 7). Our faithful retainer has been suffering from a severe cold in the head, necessitating (according to our heroine) that he not be made to trudge miles through a snowstorm on the previous day. Now it's time to remove from the Inn:

"Keighley, fortified by a potion of gin, beer, nutmeg, and sugar, which he referred to as hot flannel, raised no objection; so the horses were put to again."

I raised objection to the beer in that formula - sounds nasty - and I have no gin. So I've invented the Vermont hot flannel:

Hard cider (about 1 cup)
Brandy (about 1.5 oz)
Maple syrup (1 to 2 TBS)
Nutmeg, freshly grated, to taste

It's quite pleasant, but it could have used a little more nutmeg. But then, lots of things with alcohol, sweetener, and a little spice are bound to be quite pleasant, at least for those of us who like alcohol. (The beer (and gin) might actually give it a more interesting flavor.)

I don't know whether it's having a therapeutic effect, either. For that matter, I may be past the cold thing, and just back to my normal allergies (hard to tell).

I think, all in all, that the hot lemonade recipe is both tastier and more effective. If I'm still feeling in need of a hot restorative before bed, I'll go back to that recipe.
 
 
 
betonicabetonica on March 15th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
re: i hab a code, part two
Note:
While it is true that one glass of that got me quite sloshed (okay, so I'm a lightweight; in my defense, I will say that hot alcohol has a faster, shorter action) I have an interesting observation:

Before drinking this stuff I was asthmatic. Definitely wheezy. Somewhat, though not seriously, short of breath. Maybe related to the cold, but probably not for the most part.

Now I am not. Almost totally free and clear breathing. I'd be more pleased with this if I weren't three sheets to the wind ;)

Is that the alcohol, or something else?
It's definitely nice to be able to take a full breath of air. Perhaps I should be careful not to hyperventilate in my enthusiasm.
Selkiselki on March 16th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
Re: i hab a code, part two
Interesting. I always avoid alcohol when I'm having allergic attacks, not wanting to complicate things -- and that's even without Benedryl or my inhaler. OTOH, Benedryl is a depressant, alcohol is a depressant ... hmmm.
betonicabetonica on March 16th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
Re: i hab a code, part two
When I thought about it more, I realized that sometimes, at least, just the act of drinking or eating something will alleviate the wheeziness... for a few minutes. And in fact, my lungs had tightened back up long before I was over being sloshed. So much for an asthma cure. I wonder if chewing gum would work for me?