This first weekend in December, I would rather be shopping, but thanks to recent illness and the economy, instead I find myself in the “building up process.” For me this means rest, fluids, vitamins and minerals, and wearing fuzzy socks with skid proof bottoms.
This ad implies that the “building up process” meant something much more appealing back in the early 20th century. I have no idea what “O-H Extract of Malt” was, but to the modern ear, “malt” implies distilled alcohol -or I at least like to think it does. Therefore the only reasonable conclusion to be drawn is that the young convalescent featured here is walking on a city street with a large, open container of beer.
Back in the day alcoholic beverages were considered a major component in any healing regimen. Yes, I would rather be walking around Bourbon Street style, with a open bottle than wearing fuzzy socks. Oh to be born before the day when the American Lung Association realized alcohol consumption caused dehydration!
According to everyone’s favorite source of dubious historical fact, Wikipedia, the hot toddy was invented in the 18th century as a way to make Scotch whiskey more appealing to women. Believed to possess the power to cure everything from the common cold and the flu, to alleviating pain and suffering associated with “that time of the month,” Scotch was an elixir of which the fairer sex must not be deprived. By adding heat and various sweet and fruity ingredients to that nasty boy drink, convincing the female specimen was easy.
With husband off for the day in Atlanta to see the Eagles/Falcon’s game through the miracle of flight, and inspired by a roaring remote control fire, adequate hydration via non alcoholic beverages and warm feet, I have decided something. Today I’m going to adopt the best of both old and new.
It is highly recommended by my personal lung association that I add a hot toddy to my multi-pronged approach. Anyone have grandma’s hot spiked cider recipe?