If you are suffering from the various bugs that are plaguing us at the end of this long cold winter you might be interested in this seventeenth century recipe for a caudle taken from Dick Richardson's book The Sussex Recipe Book.
A caudle is a thick, sweet and alcoholic drink which was believed to be beneficial and to have medicinal properties.
Put three quarts of water on the fire; mix smooth in cold water some oatmeal to thicken it; when boiling, pour the latter in, and twenty powdered Jamaica peppers; boil to a good middling thickness; then add sugar, half a pint of well fermented table beer and a glass of gin. Boil all together.
Goodness knows what it would taste like! I think I'll stick to aspirin!!