It sounds like something that you would have heard from your grandparents.  "You have a cold?  Here's a shot of whiskey".

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It was supposed to be the cure all or something.  Turns out, they may have been on to something.

So, chicken soup or whiskey, sounds like the choice is yours... well, that mixed with some other remedy.  Although there really is no cure for the common cold, you just have to wait it out.  But this might make the "waiting" a bit more bearable.