I think I've finally succumbed to the cold that my Mister has been enjoying all week. I'm beat. My nose is drippy. My throat hurts. When I sneeze, I'm afraid my head is going to explode. I'm beat (did I say that already).
When my toddler was sick I gave him/tried to make him drink warm water with lemon juice and honey in it. He was not impressed, but he should have been. One glass gets rid of the sore throat temporarily and almost makes me feel normal.
You'll have to play around to find out what your preferred lemon to honey to water ratio is. It tastes a little like a cough drop (was I the only one who ate cough drops like candy as a child?), and works really well.
I hear it works even better if you crush two garlic cloves and put them in the bottom of the mug (and chew them up when you're done drinking the tea- as much as I like garlic, I haven't been able to bring myself to try this yet, so if you do, let me know how it works).