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My husband woke up coughing and a little feverish this morning.  UGH... a darn COLD!  

I knew I'd need to set aside my chores and make the long drive to town to buy him some Nyquil.  On the way,  it dawned on me to use the Nyquil and a few more ingredients to turn that nasty-tasting wonder-elixer into a delicious (as possible;-) Smoothie for this Instructable's Contest. The Grocery Store was out of Cherry Flavor, so this was a REAL challenge! ;-O)

Seriously.... this Mint-Chocolate Smoothie tastes almost as good as it looks. For a Nyquil cocktail, it tastes GREAT!!! ;-D

I would also like to add that my husband now thinks I'm an angel disguised as his wife. (I sure have him fooled. ;-) 

Disclaimer: Use Nyquil ONLY as directed on the bottle. This Cold/Flu Remedy Makeover is for sick people and NOT for recreational purposes... but you already knew that, right?


1 Tablespoon/ Dose Cup of Nyquil
1 piece Spearmint Candy
2 Tablespoon Water
Vanilla Ice Cream
Cool Whip frozen topping
Chocolate sauce
1 Strawberry

Microwave the Spearmint candy and water until the candy is melted. Use the low setting. Stir as needed.  It won't take but a minute.

Add the Nyquil, stir it well and put the liquid in the freezer. The Nyquil won't freeze, but it will get super cold and that makes for a better Smoothie.

Take the chilled Nyquil liquid from the freezer and add 2 or 3 BIG scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream and blend quickly with a fork or whisk.

Pour the Sleepy-time (rest-and-get-a-good-nights'-sleep) Smoothie into a Ice cold Glass.

Top with a dollop of Cool Whip and drizzle generously with chocolate sauce.

Garnish with a Strawberry and serve right before bedtime.


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flyingpuppy2 years ago
You're wicked. Shades of "Arsenic and Old Lace." : )
bajablue (author)  flyingpuppy2 years ago
This color looks great, since the childhood I also special love to drink Smoothie, but When I had a cold, my mother tell me must drink the medicine, never thought can drink Smoothie, is really a good idea!
bajablue (author)  lifechristine2 years ago
Thank you!
iceng3 years ago
I don't worry about food since my druggist often tell me to take pills with
a meal and moderate imbibing of adult spirits .

wientanz3 years ago
As a chemist I should add in that there ARE possible interactions of drugs with food. It's not possible to foretell what reaction the drug could have with all the ingredients, especially if it has enough time to react. That could lead to new side effects and theoretically the drug becoming nonfunctional. As I said, it's not possible to tell.

My warning is not meant as "DANGER DANGER" but rather a soft "Just think about it and take care".
aheyen3 years ago
URGH, Im allergic to Nyquil!! Otherwise I would definitely try this one of those YUCKY, I dont feel like moving, Im hacking up furballs days!
bajablue (author)  aheyen3 years ago
Maybe you could use a Cold-killer recipe for Chicken soup?
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aheyen bajablue3 years ago
Sometimes I use hot and sour soup as a cold remedy.......its got all the yummy stuff of chicken noodle soup with a kick to it!
cindi593 years ago
I so would love this! Can I pretend to be sick? Nyquil sends me to dreamland and I just float back up about 8 hrs later!
Hi Not a good idea as this is over use of a product intened for your body's need of sleep while ill---- better totake Valarian or Melotonin to sleepwhen well. If you use this like a sleep aide it will not work as your body becomes acostumed ot it . Please think before yu do it as a sleep aid
Way to down her creativity. The real reason it sparked her noodle was because her husband woke up with a cold. And in my context of the situation, she called it "Sleep-Time Smoothy" because one usually takes Nyquil before going to bed. Hints the difference between Nyquil and Dayquil. You better work, Bajablue.
I am 51 years old, I think I know what it is intended for. Also, valerian and melotonin are natural but still drugs and can be misused. Both have side effects, one of which is very vivid dreams, not good for rest!
ser_pez cindi593 years ago
agreed...if you take too much melatonin over a period of time, there is a risk that your body will stop producing it.
okay ,do as you llike , but I am not here to argue so again say and do as you like bye
If you accidentally drink a whole travel size bottle of NyQuil (well, it looks like it ought to be single serving, but it's two or three) you wind up with creepy hallucinations. Not recommended. Just sayin'.

Try a nice soothing beer instead of NyQuil. The hops in the beer make much better dreams and a rather restful sleep. About 20 minutes or so before bed so you can burp up the fizz and not get farty from it.

<shudder> NyQuil chocolate mint chip smoothie. Bluuuhhhh. But whatever works, ya know?

LinkTGF3 years ago
As Mitch Hedburg would say: "What are you drinking?" "NyQuil on the rocks. For when you're feeling sick, but sociable!"
sunshiine3 years ago
You are welcome! I am waiting to see what else you have to offer on instructables. I am enjoying it here because the talent is so awesome!
bajablue (author) 3 years ago
Special Thanks to everyone who voted for my Sleepy-time Smoothie and especially to those with nice things to say!!! ;-)
sunshiine3 years ago
I loved this instructable! Congrats on winning! It is beautiful!
bajablue (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Thanks Girl!!!!!!!!
munknown3 years ago
Hey...this may entirely contradict any effort to get healthy... if you like to abuse cough syrup.....that application might bare more meaning.
oddartist3 years ago
While this sounds like a VAST improvement from Nyqil 'neat' (and I'm sorry but I like the taste of Jager!) I would advise you to avoid dairy products when you have a cold. Dairy, especially milk and ice cream, will thicken your phlegm. and make you much more congested
An alternative make-me-not-so-miserable-and-let-me-sleep cocktail is your basic Screwdriver or Tequila Sunrise, add aspirin and it'll make you feel just as good and tastes MUCH better and it's a great way to get your vitamin C!
bajablue (author)  oddartist3 years ago
All I can say is it worked like a charm.

No coughing from the Dairy... not even his typical snoring... and he asked for another Sleepy-time Smoothie the next night.

The Nyquil did it's job. Even I got a good nights' sleep. ;-D
I would have thought that the chocolate would keep the sufferer awake. Oh, wait - in most cases, the spouse of the one with the cold is actually the sufferer (cough, snort, cough, whine, etc.). More importantly, it accomplished your goals - he feels better, you're sleeping, and he appreciates your creative nursing. You, my dear, are a genius!
bajablue (author)  sticksnpicks3 years ago
lol... how much do I owe you and where should I send the check? ;-O)
Don't worry Sticksnpicks...I am still waitin fer my check LOL
Really? I've already received mine. Check the mailbox again. heh heh
bajablue (author)  sticksnpicks3 years ago
LMBO! I love you people. I'm BROKE, but I love you! ;-D
And why didn't you disclose this fact a little sooner? Hummmph, guess I won't be waitin on no check!
bajablue (author)  NYnitwit3 years ago
Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu Seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer! Just kidding of course!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-D
We shall see WHO will be the LuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuSeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer in da end - haa haa haaa haaa.
So I take it you won't be needing my address then?
bajablue (author)  NYnitwit3 years ago
I sent the check to New York Nitwit, General Delivery. It should arrive any day! ;-D
More important than the smoothie recipe, where can I get a spouse like you? My last mate pretty much left me to fend for myself when I was sick... :-(

bajablue (author)  Culturedropout3 years ago
Aww... Sorry to hear about your mate... but what a nice thing to say.

Thank you!

Milk does not cause mucus or thickened phlegm.
bajablue (author)  sleeepy23 years ago
hmmm... interesting! Thanks for sharing!
Mixing alcohol and aspirin is a BAD idea. See

NOT recommended.
MaXoR3 years ago
My only question here is how the sugars are reacting with the body. This I assume is both to help your symptoms yet also help you sleep? (The last part is what I'm focusing on here)

With all that sugar in there, I would venture a guess to say it might be working against the whole process here. Although it's still effective, I still doubt all that sugar while your sick is actually beneficial. Last thing you body wants to do while fighting an infection, is digest food.

However there is still the fact that it worked, and he liked it. Even so much as to ask for another the next night. To each his own I think, in the end.

Still gave you a 4.5 rating...

deladybex MaXoR3 years ago
This is bad only if you over use sugar in everyday foods,
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