People have surprisingly been using alcohol to cure coughs for generations. The reason that alcohol works so well is that it makes your throat numb, warms up your chest and slows down your brain. These in combination stop the body from feeling the need to cough. Interesting right? Many over-the-counter cough medicines don’t work as well because they either don’t have enough alcohol in them to do the same thing as straight alcohol such as bourbon, or they have a combination of medicines that haven’t been proven to effectively treat coughs. So, if you are tired of coughing and have tried everything else, (safely drinking!) alcohol may be a solution for you.

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Make yourself a hot toddy. You may remember being given a hot toddy by grandma or mom when you were a child and had a bad cold. Simply make a cup of hot water and add a teaspoon of Bourbon or brandy, plus honey and lemon for taste. Then drink it down.

Take a straight shot of Bourbon. This is a little more concentrated and should not be given to kids obviously, but you can pour a shot of Bourbon and then follow it down with a teaspoon of honey. Honey is a natural antibacterial, and it can help to soothe a throat sore from coughing.

Make a mixture of Fernet Branca and Branca Menta, then take a teaspoon when you have a cough. Be sure and mix equal parts of both Fernet Branca and Branca Menta.

Take a few straight hits of your favorite alcohol. Contrary to what many may think, you don’t have to just take brandy, whiskey or bourbon as your alcohol of choice for curing a cough. In reality, any alcohol will do, although the higher the percentage the less you’ll need, which is why some of the higher percentage alcohols are mentioned more often.


  • Don’t take alcohol-based cough remedies unless you will be at home where you can rest. The reason for this is that they can make you sleepy and relaxed, and if you’re at work or driving, that is definitely not the time.