I've had strep throat the last few days, and I was craving a richer, heavier tonic than my usual lemon-ginger standby. It really seemed to make a dent in my throat pain, and helped keep me pleasantly numbed and dosed. Here's the recipe, amend accordingly for children and personal tolerance.
1-2 tbs. hot chocolate mix
1 tbs. rum
grated fresh ginger
cayenne pepper (as much as you can take)
1 cup hot (not quite boiling) water
Much better than theraflu.