Homemade Elderberry Cough Drops

Homemade Elderberry Cough Drops are immune boosting, all-natural little gems made with just 3 ingredients and in less than 20 minutes! 

Homemade Elderberry Cough Drops

It’s been a little rough over here.  I’ve been sick for the last 2 weeks and that’s not ideal when your job is food related.  The last thing I wanted to do was cook or eat anything.  Just when it looked like all hope was lost, I got a big ol’ package in the mail of some all-natural, immune boosting, elderberry products.

All credit for this reversal of fortune goes to fellow food blogger and friend, Katie at A Fork’s Tale.  She has heard my endless support of local farms, the farm-to-table movement and a holistic approach to wellness and was nice enough to refer me to a farm local to her in North Carolina named Norm’s Farms.

Homemade Elderberry Cough Drops

Norm’s Farms  is a family-owned sustainable farm in Pittsboro, North Carolina, growing elderberry plants through a bio-dynamic or holistic method of farming.  Elderberry are tiny berries with major antioxidant power and have been used for centuries as a natural remedy to a wide variety of aliments.  They can even be used to treat skin wounds!

After busting open this big box that Norm’s Farms sent me, I immediately started taking the Elderberry Wellness Syrup.  You can take this stuff straight, as-is, and it tastes fantastic!  It’s sweet with a slight cinnamon/clove flavor and it totally soothed my sore throat.  From there I decided to try the Elderberry Extract in some cough drops.  I used the same base as my recipe for Honey Lemon Ginger Cough Drops and found the elderberry melds perfectly with the fresh ginger.  Feel free to use candy molds to make the cough drops or use a silicone baking mat like I did.

Homemade Elderberry Cough Drops

Norm’s Farms takes great care (and love) in packaging up each shipment.  I was extremely happy to find out they use all recycled/recyclable materials and biodegradable packing peanuts too!  YAY!  Plus, they put these wonderful recipe cards in each shipment.  I’m probably going to make those shortbread bars this weekend.

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I always use raw local honey in my recipes.  It’s really the only type of honey I have in the pantry.  When it comes to honey you have to be careful and do your research as lots of store bought varieties have been ultra filtered which removes all of the pollen (which means it’s not honey anymore) and they may even contain other types of less expensive sugars (glucose, dextrose, corn syrup, etc).  Basically it’s best to know and trust your source when buying honey and try to buy local.

In addition to this nice two week cold, I also suffer from seasonal allergies (thanks ragweed) since I moving to New Hampshire so I use honey as a natural remedy.  Local honey contains pollen which over time can make you less sensitive to local pollen allergies (or at least that’s the idea).  Thankfully I’ve found a new weapon in my wellness arsenal and I’m going to keep Norm’s Farms Elderberry products in my rotation to help me stay healthy throughout the year.

Homemade Elderberry Cough DropsHonesty, I’m quite impressed with Norm’s Farms products, not only for their health benefits but also for the taste.  An elderberry kind of tastes like a cross between a blueberry and a cranberry and I’m so excited to use some of their other products in recipes soon, like the Elderberry Ginger Pecan Jam (YUM!!).  Check out Katie’s recipe for this amazing appetizer where she uses the jelly.

So if you find yourself down and out with a cold and need some relief from a sore throat and cough, try making these Homemade Elderberry Cough Drops!

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Homemade Elderberry Cough Drops
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Immune boosting, all-natural little gems made with just 3 ingredients and in less than 20 minutes!
Serves: 30 drops
  • ½ cup local raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons Norm's Farm Elderberry Extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • powdered sugar, cornstarch, or arrowroot powder for coating drops
  1. Mix honey, elderberry extract, and fresh ginger together in a medium sized, deep saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium-low heat, stirring often to prevent burning. Mixture will foam up the sides of pan, so take pan off heat briefly to allow foam to subside, then place pan back on heat to continue cooking. May have to turn heat down to low to prevent honey from burning.
  2. Use candy thermometer and once mixture heats to 300F degrees, remove from heat and allow to cool for a couple for minutes until thickens slightly. Pour mixture into small candy molds or drop by teaspoons onto parchment paper or a silicon mat. Allow to cool until drops are hard and firm.
  3. Once drops are fully cooled, dust with powdered sugar, cornstarch, or arrowroot powder to prevent drops from sticking together. Store in a covered container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.


Homemade Elderberry Cough Drops

Homemade Elderberry Cough Drops


  1. says

    I am sorry to hear you have been ill! I hope you are on the mend. This post is brilliant! I would never even think to make my own cough drops but seriously what a good idea. And that way you can bypass some of the nasties they sometimes slip into medicated cough drops and keep it natural. Thanks for sharing x
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  2. Heather Wells says

    Got a drop for my tummy virus? Lol…
    I saw you in reflection of jar, so neat. I have a thing for reflection photos. So thanks!

  3. says

    So crappy that you weren’t well, but seems like you are getting back to yourself now….and just in time for the weekend 😉 Yay! I’ve never had elderberry before, but if it’s a cross between blueberry and cranberry, I’m in! I don’t usually buy those store bought cough drops ’cause I don’t really like ’em, but these I could totally go for. 3 ingredients? And knowing exactly what’s in ’em? Sounds perfect to me! Love the touch of fresh ginger. And gonna have to check out Norm’s Farms. Pinning these. Bet these are awesome cold or no cold. XOXO
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  4. says

    Eeeeks! I know you have been sick a lot this winter and I’m still sending you all the healthy, feel good vibes, K! Obviously I’m going to HAVE to look up that farm as soon as I’m done commenting here, because YAY NC! :) Love that you made your own cough drops with their elderberry extract! You little genius you! I have terrible sinus problems (just had a nose bleed this morning), but I had no clue honey helped! Where has that little nugget of truth been my whole life!? Thanks for the 411 girl! Cheers! xo
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  5. Ben Maclain says

    Elderberry drops? That’s awesome, Karrie! But honestly, when I first saw the recipe, I read the name as Elderberry Donuts haha. Perhaps, I’m craving for some. But I think it’s another good idea how to use this extract. And yes, please make these shortbreads cause it sounds fabulous!

  6. says

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these cough drops! I need some right now. What a brilliant idea! I am making a batch to get rid of these nagging allergies and scratchy throat.

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