Jameson Neat Water Back

I got an email from a friend who, after reading my last Carlye piece (https://athingirl.com/2016/02/19/, questioned my choice to drink whiskey.  “I can’t believe you drink it,” she said.

“I can’t believe you’re taking the time to ask me about it.”

Since I was a kid, whiskey, brandy, wine, port, were all used medicinally.  My Polish grandmother, when I’d get my period with painful cramps, would give me a thimble full of blackberry brandy to make me sleep, always waking completely recovered.

My Italian grandmother swore by a shot of Seagrams 7 in a cup of hot water laced with lemon and honey, to combat a fever or cold.  It made you sweat it out chasing the devil away, she’d say, who never failed to run.

So when I ducked into Bemelmans after getting caught in the rain, ordering a Jameson to restore myself felt mighty natural.  The way it filters through your bones is like having a coat thrown over you from the inside.

I felt my grandmothers sweeping across the room in their respective aprons smiling their wise, knowing smiles.

Quite often old is best since she still holds her place in rooted memory.

Jameson Irish Whiskey…the original Irish flu shot.




About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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13 Responses to Jameson Neat Water Back

  1. Rob says:

    I doubt the medicinal value but a tot of what you like does you good.

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, my English grandmother would always try the whisky, honey thing, but I couldn’t get past the smell. My Polish Bochi would give me a shot of homemade malnoofka (sp), which was like drinking pure squeezed raspberry juice. Yum, yum! To this day I love a cordial or two of straight Chambord, which is as close as I can get to Bochi’s miracle nectar.

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  3. Sounds familiar. Parents doing that today (or grandparents) would be picked up by Child Services for giving a child liquor. One of my mother’s remedies that I hated the most was heated oil put into the ear when you had an earache. I tried not to tell her when my ears hurt.

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  4. Hot Toddy’s on the couch with a white sheet and vicks …. healed everything that ailed ya or I was too high and drunk to feel sick, I’m not sure.

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  5. Patricia says:

    Warm with wine with cinnamon was and is the way to combat a cold that threatens. And Vicks, of course.

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  6. Sounds like good medicine. 🙂

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