Don’t buy store cough drops, make your own! These all-natural homemade Honey Lemon Ginger Cough Drops have only 3 ingredients and take less than 30 minutes to make.
Best cough drops when you are feeling under the weather
This Honey Lemon Ginger Cough Drops recipe post comes to you courtesy of The Flu of 2015, Part Deux.
Yes, this morning, I woke up like this…with a fever, sore throat, post nasal drip, and body aches, AGAIN! I haven’t been sick in over 12 years and now this Winter season, actually just this month of January, I’ve been sick twice! Oh the joy.
Juno, The Blizzard of 2015, was in full blown competition today with my newfound flu. On a positive note, I had a darn good excuse for not going away today. On a not-so-positive note, I needed some throat and couch drops to soothe my throat. Google to the rescue!!
The Internet proceeded to find me a wonderful natural cough drop recipe to make at home from the website Thank Your Body. This was my first time visiting this website and I loved all the recipes and tips for all-natural alternatives to everything imaginable (food, hair stuff, skin stuff, etc). I’m really glad I found this site and will no doubt be visiting it again soon.
Since this was my first time making cough drops, I didn’t make any changes to the original recipe at all. Next time I make them (which may be soon, like in a couple of days), I might add some orange juice or black cherry juice concentrate, in addition to the fresh lemon juice.
I was also thinking of stirring into the mixture, after it’s fully cooked, some lemon or orange zest and more of the fresh grated ginger. We’ll see how those changes go and I’ll update this recipe if it’s a success.
How to make candy…or cough drops
Making homemade cough drops is just like making candy. All the water needs to be cooked out of the mixture, so let it come to a boil. Once it foams up the sides of the pan, remove from the heat briefly to allow the foam to subside, then place back on the heat to boil again while stirring. Repeat until the temperature of mixture reaches 300F/149C degrees.
Like this recipe? How about trying my Elderberry Cough Drops recipe too!
Next time you are feeling a little under the weather, make these easy homemade Honey Lemon Ginger Cough Drops instead of buying pre-made ones. Check out the original recipe and additional information on how to make your own natural products at Thank Your Body!
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
Using a wooden spoon, mix together honey, lemon juice, and fresh ginger in a medium sized, deep saucepan with heavy sides and bottom. Heat to boiling over medium-low heat, stirring often to prevent burning.
Using a candy thermometer, heat mixture to 300-310F/148-154C degrees, until it reaches the hard crack stage (If no thermometer, test the mixture by dropping some of it in a cold bowl of water and if it hardens, it's ready).
**Watch the pan closely, as the mixture will foam up the sides of pan. Take the pan off the 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.
- One mixture reaches the hard crack stage, 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.
Once drops are fully cooled, dust with powdered sugar, cornstarch, arrowroot powder, ground cinnamon, etc, to prevent drops from sticking together. Store in a tightly covered container in a cool, dry place.
- Use a wooden spoon for stirring the mixture because metal spoons absorb heat.
- Use a saucepan with heavy sides and bottom, so it will conduct heat evenly. Also, use a large enough pan that will allow the mixture to expand while boiling and not spill over the sides.
- Make the cough drops on a cold, dry day. Rainy or humid weather will cause the mixture to be grainy and may not set up properly.
- To test if mixture has reached correct temperature, drop a little of the mixture in a small bowl of cold water and it should immediately harden and become solid.
- Once drops are fully cooled, dust with powdered sugar, cornstarch, arrowroot powder, ground cinnamon, etc, to prevent drops from sticking together.
- Store in a tightly covered container in a cool, dry place for up to 4 weeks.
- To prevent drops from sticking together during longer storage: wrap the drops individually in pieces of parchment or wax paper.
- Original recipe by Erica Hale at www.thankyourbody.com