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Lift Your Spirits!

Lift Your Spirits!

Know the old wives’ tale that says to treat a cold with a warm shot of whiskey? Well, we don’t know if that works, but we do know we like the way those wives think! So if you’re feeling a little under the weather, try throwing it back 19th century style with one of these recipes.*

*Remedies, comments and opinions provided on Spec’sology are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, construction, yoga, wrestling or other professional advice… unless said advice is about being awesome, in which case you’ve come to the right place.

Bourbon and Ginger
1 oz bourbon
3 oz ginger ale
1 lime wedge

Pour all ingredients into a glass with ice, squeeze lime and enjoy!

2 ½ cups vodka
1 cup water
1 cup honey
4 cinnamon sticks
6 cloves
2 split vanilla beans
½ orange peel
Dash of nutmeg

Bring the water and honey to a boil and remove the foam. Add cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and orange peel, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 30 minutes. Bring back to a boil and slowly add the vodka. Remove and strain into a bottle. Let sit for at least an hour before serving.

The Hemingway Toddy
2 oz whiskey, heated
3 tbsp lemon juice, heated
Honey to taste
Water to taste
Lemon wedge for garnish

Combine ingredients in glass. Stir well and garnish with a slice of lemon.

Chamomile Cocktail
2 cups dry gin
12 chamomile tea bags
6 tbsp hot water
6 tbsp honey
¾ cup lemon juice

Mix chamomile and hot water in a medium bowl. Let stand for 1 minute, then stir in honey and remove tea bags. Add the gin and lemon juice to a pitcher with ice. Divide among glasses and serve.

Have a go-to remedy of your own? Share it with us in the comments!


Owned and operated by the same Houston family since 1962, Spec’s is a true destination shopping experience. We now operate over 150 stores all over the great state of Texas and offer a large selection of wines, spirits and finer foods.

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