A taste for toddy
In the immediately preceding post I mentioned the need for a toddy, and it occurs to me that some of you may have grown up in culturally deprived areas where this source of solace is unknown. Prepare to be instructed. If you do not require instruction, you are excused.
For the traditional hot toddy, at least as I make it, you will need a standard short glass. Put a spoonful of sugar in it, heat some water to boiling, pour a quantity of water into the glass and stir, leaving the spoon in the glass to transfer heat to keep the glass from breaking. Squeeze in the juice of a quarter-lemon. Then pour in a quantity of bourbon until the color of the beverage is one that you find seemly. If your preferred tipple is rum or brandy, either may be substituted. Stir, sit, sip.
A variant can be made with tea. Brew a mug of strong black tea. To it add the juice of a quarter-lemon (or half-lemon, to taste), a heaping spoonful of sugar, and enough whiskey (rum, brandy, you know) to give it strength. Repeat as necessary. Good for colds or flu, also despair.