Flu season is practically upon us here in Indiana. That said, here's a little home remedy for adults to combat flu symptoms this year.

No one likes the taste of cough syrup. Everyone makes that "disgusted" face after they take it. Kids and adults alike dread having to drink cough syrup. No matter what the flavor is, it's never good, even though it's one of the best remedies. However, adults have another option that could do the trick and most likely tastes better than the over-the-counter medicine.

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According to the CDC, while influenza viruses spread year-round, most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February. So, now is a good time to start planning ahead for the upcoming flu season. As you know, symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Diarrhea and nausea occasionally in children
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That being said, if you start to feel any of these symptoms, there's a  bourbon cough syrup for adults that might help ease your symptoms of the virus. Now, I'm no doctor, but I would definitely give it a try if I had the illness. It certainly sounds better than taking the nasty over-the-counter-stuff.

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Adult-Only Bourbon Cough Syrup

All you need are four simple ingredients that you might have at the house already. According to The Kitchnn, adults can make a simple bourbon cough syrup that consists of bourbon/whiskey, lemon juice, water, and honey. They note that it's actually the honey that does the trick, as it acts like a natural decongestant, the bourbon is just an added touch to help you fall asleep. The lemon juice is for your dose of vitamin C.

Creating this bourbon cough syrup is super easy. Here is what The Kitchnn says that you need to do:

Bourbon Cough Syrup for Grownups
2 ounces bourbon/whiskey
1/2 lemon, juiced (about 2 ounces)
2-4 ounces water (optional)
1 tablespoon honey

Mix the bourbon, lemon juice, and water (if using) in a tumbler or mug and heat in the microwave for about 45 seconds. (You can also do this on the stovetop in a little saucepan.) Take out and add the honey. Whisk to combine, then microwave for another 45 seconds.

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Now remember, that too much whiskey can dehydrate you, so don't overdo it with the adult cough syrup. If you want to avoid alcohol or make a simple cough syrup for your kids, consider mixing hot lemon juice and honey or hot milk and honey before bedtime. Give it a try and see how well it works for you. I tried it out in the past and I definitely noticed a difference.

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