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Lemon, Ginger and Honey Cough Drops


It’s that time of year again, time for sniffling, coughing and sore throats. Ugh! By watching our diet and nurturing our immune system, there’s a good chance we can ward off most of the colds and flus that come our way. But sometimes, we won’t be so fortunate.

For those not wanting to succumb to the store bought brands of cold medicine but need some kind of relief from a cough and sore throat, there’s an alternative that you can make at home! This homemade project won’t promise to numb your throat or take away your cough in 20 minutes, but it might just relieve some of the discomfort and symptoms (and it tastes great too!) so it’s worth a shot.

There’s only three ingredients in this cough drop, so you don’t have to worry about all those ingredients you can’t pronounce, just three ingredients you can find at your local grocery store.

This diy isn’t very difficult, but it an all-hands-on-deck kind of project, so I would highly recommend doing this at nap time if you have little ones to cater to. It takes about an hour to make, then a couple hours to cool.

UPDATED: I made this recipe again and had the same difficulties as some people had expressed in the comments, so I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit. You’ll find this much easier and with a much better outcome!




Your cough drops won’t be as hard as a Jolly Rancher candy; they’ll be more the consistency of a hard caramel candy. They will stick together at room temperature, and even in the fridge we have to break them apart when we want one.

When I make the next batch, I will be wrapping each drop in wax paper, that way I can store them at room temperature without ending up with a massive sticky heap.

Lemon Honey and Ginger Cough Drops. For those not wanting to succumb to the store bought brands of cold medicine but need some kind of relief from a cough and sore throat, there’s an alternative that you can make at home! This homemade project won’t promise to numb your throat or take away your cough in 20 minutes, but it might just relieve some of the discomfort and symptoms (and it tastes great too!) so it’s worth a shot.

**Find recipe card at the end of the post**

You Will Need:

Honey

Whole Lemon

Ginger Root

Powdered Sugar (Icing Sugar)

Medium Saucepan

Candy Thermometer

Large Baking Sheet

Colander

 Lemon, Ginger and Honey Cough Drops. For those not wanting to succumb to the store bought brands of cold medicine but need some kind of relief from a cough and sore throat, there’s an alternative that you can make at home! This homemade project won’t promise to numb your throat or take away your cough in 20 minutes, but it might just relieve some of the discomfort and symptoms (and it tastes great too!) so it’s worth a shot. Lemon, Honey and Ginger Cough Drops. For those not wanting to succumb to the store bought brands of cold medicine but need some kind of relief from a cough and sore throat, there’s an alternative that you can make at home! This homemade project won’t promise to numb your throat or take away your cough in 20 minutes, but it might just relieve some of the discomfort and symptoms (and it tastes great too!) so it’s worth a shot.

**Find recipe card at the end of the post**

Instructions:

1. Cut up the lemon and ginger. Using a whole lemon and about a two inch piece of ginger root, cut them into thin slices and place them in the saucepan. Add about two cups of water and bring to a boil. Then turn the temperature to low and let simmer for 20-30 minutes.

2. Make a layer of powdered sugar on the baking sheet. While the lemon and ginger are on the stove, spread a layer about an inch thick on the baking sheet. Then use something small and round to create molds, I used a ½ tsp measuring spoon. If you have a candy mold, you could skip this step.

3. Add the honey. Once the lemon and ginger has simmered for 20-30 minutes, strain out the lemon and ginger chunks and measure out one cup of the flavored water. Put it back on the stove and add 1 cup of honey and turn up the heat. Once the mixture starts getting hot it will start bubbling and foaming in the pot. To ensure it doesn’t burn or come over the top of the pot, stir continuously.

UPDATED:

4. Keep on the heat until temperature reaches about 260-280 degrees. Your candy thermometer will tell you at 300 degrees you will reach the ‘hard crack’. This is different with this recipe because we are using honey. It takes a hotter temperature to bring honey to the ‘hard crack’ point, and when it gets that hot, it’s pretty likely it will burn.

However, between 260 and 280 degrees, my candy thermometer says that it hits the ‘hard ball’, which is where we are going to take it off the heat.

5. Pour mixture into molds. Once it’s done, let it sit for a few moments until the bubbles are gone then carefully pour it into your powdered sugar molds. I would recommend moving quickly through this step because it doesn’t take long for the mixture to start to thicken up, which makes it really slow to pour!

It’s easiest to just pour straight from the saucepan. I tried spooning it out – fail! I tried using a turkey baster –major fail!

Lemon, Honey and Ginger Cough Drops. For those not wanting to succumb to the store bought brands of cold medicine but need some kind of relief from a cough and sore throat, there’s an alternative that you can make at home! This homemade project won’t promise to numb your throat or take away your cough in 20 minutes, but it might just relieve some of the discomfort and symptoms (and it tastes great too!) so it’s worth a shot. Lemon, Honey and Ginger Cough Drops. For those not wanting to succumb to the store bought brands of cold medicine but need some kind of relief from a cough and sore throat, there’s an alternative that you can make at home! This homemade project won’t promise to numb your throat or take away your cough in 20 minutes, but it might just relieve some of the discomfort and symptoms (and it tastes great too!) so it’s worth a shot. Lemon, Honey and Ginger Cough Drops. For those not wanting to succumb to the store bought brands of cold medicine but need some kind of relief from a cough and sore throat, there’s an alternative that you can make at home! This homemade project won’t promise to numb your throat or take away your cough in 20 minutes, but it might just relieve some of the discomfort and symptoms (and it tastes great too!) so it’s worth a shot.6. Let them sit between 1 ½ hrs to 2 hrs. Once they’re good and hard, you can start sifting the drops out of the icing sugar with a colander. This yielded around 50 drops at about ½ tsp each.

7. I would recommend wrapping each drop in a piece of wax paper to keep them from sticking together. Like I mentioned, even storing them in the fridge, they still started to stick together.




Then you’re done. Since making my first batch my husband has been sick a couple of times and gives it his stamp of approval. I (luckily!) haven’t gotten sick yet, but have snuck a few because they are super tasty!

Like I mentioned they won’t be a hard lozenge, they’ll be more like a hard caramel candy consistency, so they are pretty sticky in your mouth!

Lemon, Honey and Ginger Cough Drops. For those not wanting to succumb to the store bought brands of cold medicine but need some kind of relief from a cough and sore throat, there’s an alternative that you can make at home! This homemade project won’t promise to numb your throat or take away your cough in 20 minutes, but it might just relieve some of the discomfort and symptoms (and it tastes great too!) so it’s worth a shot.

And I would highly suggest not putting off those dirty dishes too long, this stuff is not fun to clean up!

I’m no expert but I would say these should last about one cold and flu season (about 6 months). Like anything, if you keep them refrigerated they should last better. And of course, if they start to smell funky or there are any signs that they have gone bad, toss ‘em and make a new batch.

Let me know how yours turn out!

Xx

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Lemon, Ginger & Honey Cough Drops
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 Lemon
  2. 1 Ginger Root (about 2" piece)
  3. 4-5 cups Powdered sugar
  4. 1 cup Honey
  5. Medium saucepan
  6. Candy Thermometer
  7. Large baking sheet (or candy mold)
  8. Colander
Instructions
  1. Slice the lemon and ginger root and heat in a medium sauspan with about two cups of water.
  2. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Using the powdered sugar, make a layer on the baking sheet about half an inch thick.
  4. Use a small measuring spoon to make molds in the powdered sugar. (if you have a candy mold you can skip steps 3 and 4)
  5. Strain the lemon and ginger chunks then measure out one cup of the lemon ginger water to put back in the saucepan.
  6. Add 1 cup of honey to the saucepan and turn the heat to medium-high. As the honey heats it will start to bubble and foam, stir continuously so that it doesn't boil over or burn.
  7. Keep stirring and heating until it reaches about 260 to 280 degrees. Honey will scorch very easily so make sure to continue stirring and reduce heat if needed, it will take some time so be patient!
  8. Once it hits 260 - 280 degrees, remove from heat. Let bubbles settle, then pour into molds. Work quickly as it will start to harden.
  9. Allow to cool and harden for 1.5 - 2 hours then remove from molds.
  10. Wrap each drop in wax paper to avoid them all sticking together. They will stick together even if stored in the fridge, so I suggest not skipping this step!
Notes
  1. They will last longer if stored in the fridge (like most things) but you can store them at room temperature if you prefer.
  2. The cough drops should last about 6 months, but if they ever look or smell different, toss them and make a new batch!
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Becky
    November 12, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Hi Kate! I just made these and I was amazed at how “easy” they were and right as we reached 300 degrees they completely Scortched and now the whole batch tastes like charred honey. Any suggestions for how to avoid this next time? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Kate
      November 13, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Oh no!! The only thing I can think is maybe turn the heat down just a bit and just make sure you don’t stop stirring! I was nervous that mine would get burnt as well, so I adjusted my heat a few times and did not stop stirring. I’m so glad you tried them! Hopefully batch #2 works out! Xx

  • Reply
    Susan Higgins
    November 20, 2016 at 9:52 am

    The same thing happened to me. The point where it’s still cooking an burns is a very short window. i burned the batch too. I got impatient and turned up the heat a bit. Even though i was stirring constantly, I think the natural elements of honey must burn more quickly than just plain sugar. i may go that route next.

    • Reply
      Kate
      November 21, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Yes, that’s true that honey scorches much quicker than sugar! I’m sorry that it didn’t work out for you! Let me know how it goes if you decide to make some with sugar instead of honey. Xx

  • Reply
    Lynette
    December 7, 2016 at 10:59 am

    The color and consistency seemed perfect at 300 degrees but I decided to follow the advice and wait for it to crack on the spoon. I stirred forever while my sick child waited in anticipation. Unfortunately, the mixture never cracked on the spoon. The recipe definitely has potential, but I think the developer should have success with a recipe before posting. I’m mad at myself for using our expensive honey that is now a heap of burnt gunk in the garbage.

    • Reply
      Kate
      December 7, 2016 at 11:55 am

      I couldn’t agree more Lynette, I have been waiting to get low on my stash to make more, which will be very soon! It’s possible the recipe needs tweeting. Thanks for your input

  • Reply
    Heidi
    January 26, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I Just made a batch and they are great !! I added some cloves to give it nice kick! But great recipe! Thanks 4 sharing

    • Reply
      Kate
      January 27, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      I’m so happy they turned out Heidi! Great idea with the cloves! Xx

  • Reply
    Ida
    March 17, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Made these today, yes you must have patience, but it was well worth it. They came out great! I went with the spoon to pour the droplets, just had to be quick about it. I used a silicone baking mat so I didn’t have to waste the powdered sugar on making molds. Thank you so much.

    • Reply
      Kate
      March 18, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      That’s great Ida!! So glad they turned out for you 🙂 Good idea with the silicone baking sheet! Thanks for your feedback! Xx

  • Reply
    Jessica
    July 15, 2017 at 4:44 am

    Hi,

    Do I have to use the powered sugar? I gave up processed sugar.

    Thank you

    • Reply
      Kate
      July 15, 2017 at 7:16 am

      Hi Jessica! Definitely not! You can use corn starch or no powder at all if you prefer. If you have a mold you can use that or just plop it on wax paper. They won’t have the round shape if you do that but it’s the same idea. Good luck!

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