What's Your Cold Remedy?
Good old chicken soup with a lot of vegetables and herbs such as rosemary and parsley -- and a lot of fresh ginger. I also like to finish the broth with a good glass of wine in it, "Chabrot" style.
Steep ginger root in hot water for 20 minutes, add fresh lemon juice, local honey, and a pinch of cayenne. Drink it as hot as possible.
1 pint of distilled water, 3 tablespoons of raw ginger, 1 tablespoon of galangal, 1 garlic clove, 1 tablespoon of lemongrass, 1 Thai bird chile, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 teaspoon of cayenne. Heat, blend, strain, add bourbon.
Tom ka gai at a good Thai restaurant. I'll ask for the spiciness to be on the hot end of the spectrum to burn/sweat out the cold. It works. An alternate is pho with extra spicy condiments (jalapeños, chili paste). Of course, there is the old standby and my favorite medicinal cocktail: NyQuil.