Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

This is a recipe my family uses from time to time when in dire need of comfort from a rotten cold. Helps you sleep, the rum settles your aches and pains, and the lemon and spices help open up breathing passages.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small pot over medium heat place all ingredients except rum. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
  2. In a large mug pour about 1-2 fingers of dark rum. Pour contents of small pot through a strainer into the mug.
  3. Sip while hot.
  4. Go straight to bed.
Most Helpful

I made this a couple of days ago for myself & my husband. We are suffering from a head cold and are so congested. Your recipe came to the rescue. This not only made us feel better but it tasted great. The only changes I made was I didn't have fresh nutmeg or ginger so I used a dash of ground nutmeg and 1/8 tsp. of ground ginger. Thanks so much for posting we will turn to this whenever we are under the weather, thanks kitchendame!

children from A to Z November 24, 2008

I just finished drinking one of these and realized that I never reviewed it. I've made it countless times since I found the recipe last winter during the worst head cold of my life. This recipe is *perfect* - I might try substituting honey for the sugar someday, but the amount of lemon juice, the addition of lemon zest, and the ginger are all fabulous. I've tried making it with more alcohol and found it a bit strong - best not to mess with perfection. My boyfriend walked out in the snow today to get the rum to make this - it is a big favorite at our house.

morgangeline January 26, 2011

WOW did we enjoy this! Both hubby and I have head colds so a toddy was in order. LOVE the fresh ginger in here and I may add even more next time. Per drink, I used 1 T of brown sugar and 1 T Splenda to cut down a bit on calories. I also used 2 oz of rum per drink (I thought mine was a tad bit strong, but hubby loved it as made). Thanks for a keeper!!! UPDATE: I have made this a number of times and it remains a favorite for us when we have sinus trouble. GREAT stuff.

JanuaryBride March 30, 2010